Segway Segues To The Dust With New E-Bike
The 12 months was 2003. Justin Timberlake dominated the Billboard charts and there was just one means for the world’s greatest pop star to enter that 12 months’s MTV Film Awards—on a Segway. Usually, a celeb endorsement broadcast to hundreds of thousands of youngsters would have blessed Segway with prompt cool standing. As an alternative, the corporate spent the remainder of the 2000s attempting to make the Segway occur (it’s by no means going to occur). From Paul Blart: Mall Cop to metropolis Segway excursions to the proprietor of the corporate using the car off a cliff (to his demise), the Segway grew to become the epitome of uncool. Now, as a subsidiary of Beijing-based Ninebot, the corporate plans to segue into new territory—electric bikes.
In 2020, Segway will launch two electrical dust bike fashions—the X160 and X260— that differ in each measurement and energy. The bigger X260 has a claimed prime velocity of 46.6 mph and a variety of 74.6 miles. Powered by a 32 Ah lithium battery that recharges in 4 to 5 hours, the motor will produce 6.7 horsepower (5 kW) and 183 ft-lb of torque. The X260 may even sport a 19-inch entrance wheel, longer-travel suspension, and wider handlebars for extra spirited off-roading. Weighing in at 121 kilos, the larger Segway may even include a headlight for after-hours path using.
The smaller X160 retains the aluminum alloy body building of the X260 with a shortened wheelbase, decrease clearance, and diminished seat top. With a 20Ah lithium battery, it takes between three and 4 hours to cost and achieves a variety of 40.4 miles. The motor places down 4 horsepower (3 kW) with 162 ft-lb of torque and tops out at 31.1 mph. Whereas the 17-inch entrance wheel is probably not as deft at conquering obstacles, the trim weight of 105 kilos could possibly be extra compliant for newer riders.
Underneath the pores and skin and Segway badging, these bikes are merely modified Sur-Ron Light Bees. Underneath Ninebot, Segway’s electrical dust bikes will deal with points and enhance upon earlier designs of the Gentle Bee. Not like Luna—one other Ninebot subsidiary and the producer of Sur-Rons—Segway can leverage its retail presence and model recognition in America to broaden the enchantment of the electrical platform.
“We are attempting to proceed growing cool merchandise, futuristic merchandise, with a purpose to broaden our portfolio to enchantment to outside adventurers along with metropolis dwellers,” mentioned Segway-Ninebot Advertising Director Julie Tang. “We wish to preserve increasing our present buyer base and provides them extra choices.”
Manufacturing and supply of Segway’s new electrical dust bikes will start in Q1 of 2020. The X260 will retail for $4,999 and the X160 will price $2,999, however early adopters can snag one at a diminished value on Indiegogo beginning November 25, 2019. We’ll have to attend and see if the X160 and X260 dwell as much as the reward of the Sur-Rons, but when they’re something just like the Gentle Bee, Segway would possibly simply turn out to be cool in any case.