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On any given Beijing street, look near the cars and taxis and buses, among the motorbikes, and you may notice a commuter on a scooter with a glowing white circle.

That distinctive logo belongs to one of China’s hottest smart electric scooter brands, Niu Technologies, a Beijing-based company that bets luxury electric two-wheelers will be the future of urban transportation—in China and beyond.

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Cassidy McDonald

Cassidy McDonald is a Beijing-based multimedia journalist who covers technology's effect on Chinese society. She tweets at @CMcD123.