You will find an improved 2W front-facing headlight to better illuminate dark journeys, the ability to tackle 20% incline slopes (compared to 12% on the original) and there are more reflectors to make you easier to spot on the road, but that’s not really enough to tempt owners of the first-gen Mi scooter to upgrade.
For those that are tempted, though, it's available to buy right now from Halfords for £599.
The more interesting option for many will be the Mi Electric Scooter 1S, which admittedly also looks near-identical to the original, but with a key difference: it’s lighter and more portable. That’s mainly due to the weight - at 12.5kg, it’s just shy of 2kg lighter than the Scooter Pro 2, and that’ll make a difference if you have to carry the electric scooter in and out of tube stations and the like.
There are trade-offs to be had, with a shorter 30km range and slightly less powerful 250W brushless motor, but that shouldn’t make too much of a difference if you’re only using the electric scooter as last-mile transport. The 1S isn't available to buy just yet, but it'll be available for £499 from Halfords in September.
There's also what we'd consider an entry-level electric scooter dubbed the Mi Electric Scooter Essential, and it's £100 cheaper than the 1S at £399. It doesn't go as far or as fast as the others in the electric scooter range, with a range of 20km and a top speed of 20km/h, but it offers a multifunctional dashboard and compatibility with smartphones, allowing access to handy features via the Mi Home app.
It should also be lighter than the other Mi electric scooters, with a smaller battery and motor, making it the best option of the three for those that want to use a combination of public transport and an electric scooter on their daily commute.
It's worth emphasising that despite changing attitudes to e-scooters in the UK, with various private hire e-scooter trials going on around the country, it's still currently illegal for privately-owned scooters to be used on public roads and pathways.