Battery maker Forsee Power of France will supply the Chinese brand Niu with batteries for its electric scooter series. In addition, Forsee plans to produce more than 100,000 batteries for Niu at its Zhongshan plant in Guangdong Province between now and 2022.
Battery deliveries are planned to begin during the first quarter of 2019 and will then continue through to 2022. This will enable Forsee Power to develop multiple bespoke lithium-ion batteries to power Niu electric scooter models, the N-Series, M-Series and U-Series.
The battery systems supplied to Niu by Forsee Power are expected to enable ranges of more than 80 km in each case. Forsee gives a two-year guarantee on the lithium-ion batteries.
Niu is a relatively new company, set up in 2015 by Li Yinan, former chief technology officer of China’s largest internet search company Baidu reportedly. Yet Niu claims to hold a 26 per cent marketshare when it comes to sales volume thanks to the premium positioning of their electric scooters, both in price and technology.