E-scooter operator, Neuron Mobility, will be showcasing its new “white-label N4 e-scooter” at Move 2023, London’s technology and mobility show, this week.
The e-scooter, which has been designed in-house by Neuron, will be offered in a range of configurations to other e-scooter operators and fleet owners.
Delivering a rider experience that is safe and reliable while still being fun has always been a top priority for Neuron but the N4 takes this ethos to the next level.
Benchmarked against the best competitor vehicles, Neuron’s engineers have set up the vehicle to deliver “unparalleled comfort, stability and manoeuvrability even at low speeds”.
The N4 has an upgraded 300 watt, 48 volt, electric motor which delivers 39 Nm of torque. It allows the e-scooter to reach its top speed faster in a smoother, more predictable manner, giving the rider added confidence. It has been engineered to deliver best-in-class hill climbing performance, dynamically delivering power exactly when it is needed. When competitor vehicles fail, the N4 can comfortably climb a 17 degree incline carrying a rider of 90kg.
Neuron adds an upgraded front suspension combined with pneumatic tyres to reduce road vibration and enhance comfort and traction. It has a swept handlebar set at a higher level than most e-scooters to improve ergonomics and overall riding experience.
There is an all-new LED dashboard, headlight, indicators, phone holder and a double kickstand which can operate on a range of gradients and surfaces.
It carries over well-known safety features from Neuron’s N3 model including the world’s first App-controlled Helmet Lock, launched in 2020, which integrates a helmet to the e-scooter and a “talking e-scooter” voice guidance system which was introduced in 2018 to inform and educate riders.
The N4 has been designed to be more durable and economical to operate than competitor vehicles to improve unit economics. The deck and frame of the e-scooter is made from a single die-cast piece of aluminium which increases the N4’s robustness.
According to Neuron, the N4 has undergone “rigorous crash and stress testing both in the lab and in real-world conditions in a range of climates to improve overall e-scooter integrity and component reliability”.
Neuron also claims it will achieve a five-year or 10,000km life cycle, with significantly longer intervals between required workshop visits than Neuron’s previous generation e-scooters.
The N4 is fitted with rubber bumper strips along each side of the deck which protect the body of the e-scooter from the daily wear and tear rental e-scooters typically face. The bumpers improve overall durability and significantly reduce cosmetic damage which is both unappealing to riders, and also expensive for operators to rectify.
All wires and cables are enclosed within the e-scooter and Neuron has added a transparent polycarbonate cover to protect the dashboard from damage and vandalism.
In 2018 Neuron revolutionised the shared e-scooter industry by introducing the world’s first battery swappable rental e-scooter. Building on this, the N4 features a new sequential, dual-battery system which can be deployed with one or two batteries depending on the demand in the city or to manage peak periods.
As well as extending the range of the e-scooter, having two batteries reduces charging time by around 50%, compared to using a single battery of the same combined capacity, which significantly boosts operational efficiency.
The N4 has been designed and built to meet the demands of modern cities. It is fully certified and compliant with major markets in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. In an industry first, the frame and body of the N4 is constructed using certified 80% recycled aluminium, which significantly reduces the manufacturing footprint of the vehicle.
The N4 comes with a proprietary new IoT box which is future-proofed to allow technology to be added over time. It has a range of high-tech sensors to precisely locate the e-scooter and control where it can be ridden and parked. Unlike many competitor vehicles the GPS antenna is top-mounted and sky-facing, it sits within the new LED dashboard to achieve superior satellite reception.
Jayden Bryant, Head of Enterprise Sales for Neuron, said: “We are delighted to unveil our white-label N4 model at MOVE 2023 and to officially announce we are offering a premium choice for other operators and fleet owners.
“After only six weeks since launching the N4 in Melbourne, one of the world’s busiest cities for e-scooters, it is already proving to be a game changer.
“Beyond just delivering the best riding experience the N4 has been built specifically to reduce the costs of rental operations. Making it as robust as possible and reducing the time it spends in the workshop has been a major priority.”
Neuron’s N4 e-scooter has so far only launched in Melbourne, Australia, with an initial 1,000 vehicles taking to the streets during May 2023, replacing their N3 e-scooters.
Prior to this, real-world testing was ongoing for more than six months in a number of Neuron cities.