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Tech review: Trendy scooter from Niu gives e-bikes a run for their money

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Easy rider: Adrian Weckler takes the Niu MQI+ Sport for a spin. Photo: Eve Golden

Easy rider: Adrian Weckler takes the Niu MQI+ Sport for a spin. Photo: Eve Golden

Easy rider: Adrian Weckler takes the Niu MQI+ Sport for a spin. Photo: Eve Golden

ACROSS Irish cities, bicycle shops have queues coming out of them. Electric models, while not experiencing quite as much of a crush in demand, are also hot items.

But what about an electric scooter? Is a fully electric version of a moped a trendy, convenient way to get around or does it place you in the same category as your grand-uncle with his trusty Honda 50? Can Dublin or Cork or Galway ever replicate Naples or Lyon or Bilbao?

For most of this month, I've been trying out Niu's MQI+ Sport, a nippy little electric scooter. Compared to high-end electric bikes, it's fairly affordable. It also has some storage and safety advantages, with a decent accompanying app that lets you keep track of your journeys and a bunch of other things.