ES4 KickScooter joins Ninebot by Segway ES2 for 2019 – here’s our full line of products

New Zealand’s best-selling electric KickScooter for 2018 – the Segway by Ninebot ES2 – is joined by the ES4 model at selected retailers, our Dealers and direct from Segway New Zealand (call 0800 2 SEGWAY or email segwaynz@icloud.com).

The ES4 model comes with the Extra Battery pack that is available as an optional extra for the ES2. The presence of the pack is automatically detected by the KickScooter, and provides an increase in range and speed (this is particularly useful on hillier routes). Apart from shipping with the Extra Battery pack installed, the ES4 is identical to the ES2.

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The following products are available directly from Segway NZ (call 0800 2 SEGWAY or email segwaynz@icloud.com) or from our authorised Dealers BodyElectric (Wellington) and Urban Wheels (Christchurch), and from retail stores nationwide (Bike Barn, Bikes & Barbers, Evolution Cycles and other selected independent shops):

  • Ninebot by Segway KickScooter ES2 – available now $1,095 (Extra Battery pack $345)
  • Ninebot by Segway KickScooter ES4 – available now $1,395
  • Ninebot by Segway miniPRO (320 version) – available now $1,495
  • Ninebot by Segway Gokart – available now without Segway miniPRO $1,095
  • Ninebot by Segway Gokart – available with Segway miniPRO $2,595
  • Segway miniLITE – available now $995
  • Segway miniPLUS – available now $1,995
  • Segway Drift W1 – available now $695
  • Segway-Ninebot ONE S2 – available by special order (allow 4-8 weeks)
  • Segway-Ninebot ONE Z10 – available now, contact us for latest pricing

– all prices include GST and nationwide delivery

The following products are available directly from Segway NZ (call 0800 2 SEGWAY or email segwaynz@icloud.com) and our authorised Dealers BodyElectric (Wellington) and Urban Wheels (Christchurch):

  • Segway i2 SE – available now $12,170+GST
  • Segway i2 SE Patroller – available now $13,039+GST
  • Segway x2 SE – available now $13,039+GST
  • Segway x2 SE Turf – available now $13,039+GST
  • Segway x2 SE Golf – available now $13,474+GST
  • Segway x2 SE Patroller – available now $13,909+GST
  • Segway accessories for i2/x2 SE (front bag, pannier cases/bins, parking stand, comfort mats, optional wheels, etc) – all available now, contact us for latest pricing
  • Segway SE-3 Patroller – available by special order (allow 4-8 weeks)
  • Segway Robotics Loomo – available now, contact us for latest pricing

– all prices exclude GST and delivery

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The i2 SE Patroller and x2 SE Patroller configured for Public Safety roles

Important notes about products not imported or supported by Segway New Zealand

  • Ninebot by Segway KickScooter ES1 is a 250 watt model, with fewer safety features and lower performance compared with ES2 (300 watt model) and ES4, making it less suitable for New Zealand conditions.
  • Ninebot by Segway ES2 and ES4 units imported by grey market/parallel importers/private individuals, and units sold by on-line or other sellers who did not purchase their stock from Segway New Zealand are not supported under warranty by Segway New Zealand or our Dealers/Retailers.
  • Ninebot by Segway miniPRO (260 version) is marketed in USA as the ‘2018 Edition’ and has a smaller 260 Watt-hour battery pack and reduced performance. It is otherwise identical to the Segway miniPRO (320 version). The more powerful miniPRO with 320 Watt-hour battery pack provides extended range, faster speed and improved performance-under-load, and increased rider safety under New Zealand conditions.
  • Ninebot by Segway Gokart requires a miniPRO to provide the power and rear wheels. Simply remove the miniPRO’s knee-steer and fit it into the rear of the Gokart in just a few minutes. If you already own a miniPRO buy the Gokart as a single item. If not, buy the Gokart+miniPRO bundle.
  • Segway-Ninebot ONE A1 and ONE S1 are lower-spec’d versions of the ONE S2 model (they have lower top speed, shorter range, etc). The ONE S1 is sold only in North America, while the ONE A1 is sold in some Asian territories alongside the ONE S2.
  • Ninebot PRT E+ does not have UL2272 electrical safety certification, nor redundant sub-systems, leaving it unsuitable for mobility use or commercial deployments in New Zealand. Segway NZ has never imported or sold this model, and does not sell spare parts, except for replacement battery packs.
  • Ninebot mini (a discontinued model sometimes sold in NZ by on-line sellers who have imported some units, or by private individuals) does not have UL2272 electrical safety certification. Segway NZ has never imported or sold this model, and does not sell spare parts, except for replacement battery packs (320 Watt-hour only).
  • Segway SE-3 Patroller is available by special order, for deployment in selected Public Safety roles in New Zealand.

 

A warning about buying products not imported by Segway New Zealand:

We urge buyers to be aware that after-sales parts and service from online sellers who do not source their stock from Segway New Zealand may be limited or non-existent. New Zealand has an open border, and a limited trade in private/grey-market/parallel imports of consumer-orientated Segway-Ninebot products does occur (e.g. there are several “pop-up” sellers of Ninebot by Segway KickScooters on TradeMe at present).

To illustrate the risks, take this example: In a response to a question about a China-sourced miniPLUS (Ninebot N4M340 model, not the Segway N4M350 model) offered on Trade Me (3 January 2019), a seller replied: “We provide one year manufacture warranty” – this means the item needs to be returned to China for repairs under warranty, which is simply not practical to do because the non-removable battery pack is classed ‘Dangerous Goods’ and cannnot be shipped by any kind of air courier out of New Zealand. They also replied: “We don’t sell any other accessories for it, and no parts stock right now” – this may become a problem for a buyer in the future because Segway New Zealand does not provide repairs under warranty, or support parts or service for the N4M340 model (it was built for sale in the Greater China region only, and not intended for export).

It is here! The Ninebot Gokart has arrived in New Zealand ($1,395/$2,495 bundle)

Arriving just in time for Christmas, our first shipment of the brand new Ninebot Gokart has arrived.

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A few of our Ninebot Gokarts still available to buy and put under your Christmas Tree

Powered by the Ninebot by Segway miniPRO, the Ninebot Gokart is the perfect fun-time up-grade for existing miniPRO owners, and an awesome value ‘bundle’ purchase for new owners.

  • Buy a miniPRO+GoKart bundle for $2,495 (includes GST, excludes delivery)
  • Buy a GoKart for $1,395 (includes GST, excludes delivery, excludes miniPRO)

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Strictly limited numbers of GoKarts are available right now to buy from Segway New Zealand (call 0800 2 SEGWAY or email segwaynz@icloud.com), and from:

  • our Authorised Dealers (BodyElectric in Wellington, Urban Wheels in Christchurch)
  • our Authorised Retailers nationwide, including branches of Bike Barn, Bikes & Barbers, Evolution Cycles, and a range of specialist stores, toy and gift shops
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Earlier this  week Sagar Thaker was the very first person to drive the Ninebot GoKart in NZ

The Ninebot Gokart is designed to be compatible with the Ninebot by Segway miniPRO model only. It is not compatible with miniLITE, miniPLUS, the original mini, or any fake/lookalike copies of the mini.

Monster Segway rules ‘Mammoth Action Arena’ at massive 20th Big Boys Toys!

Segway was front-and-centre in the Mammoth Action Arena at the 20th anniversary Big Boys Toys show in Auckland (16-18 November 2018).

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Segway PT centre-stage in the Action Arena below, Mammoth truck hauled in the air above (check out those tusks!)

Master of Ceremonies Raymond Bishop rode astride a Segway x2 SE throughout 3 days of action in the Mammoth-sponsored outdoor area.

Overhead, motorbikes and push-bikes leapt through the air doing jumps, spins and rolls.

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A Segway PT below, bikes flying through in the sky, arena girls, and a smoked-up finale before a crowd of thousands – what’s not to like?

For almost two decades Raymond has ridden a Segway Personal Transporter whilst coaxing the crowd into a frenzy, introducing stuntmen and daredevils to perform in front of tens of thousands of attendees in the Action Arena zone of Big Boys Toys.

Segway makes some of the most desirable toys for big boys – our invincible Personal Transporters (i2 SE, x2 SE), best-selling KickScooters (ES2 and ES4), sexy self-balancing e-Skates (Drift W1), go-fast GoKart and our mini-Series range (miniLITE/miniPRO/miniPLUS).

And next month the world’s most advanced consumer personal robot Loomo arrives in New Zealand….yes, you can pre-order Loomo today.

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Super-fast acceleration: pre-order Ninebot Gokart (for miniPRO) today

Segway’s new Ninebot Gokart powered by Segway miniPRO is almost here in New Zealand!

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Our first shipment is just a couple of weeks away, and you can pre-order today – call 0800 2 SEGWAY or email segwaynz@icloud.com

Super-fast acceleration* is possible with this super-accessory for your Segway miniPRO. Simply attach the miniPRO to provide the rear wheels and “engine” of your Gokart, update the Segway App and select the Gokart mode – and GO!

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Check out the awesome video here.

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Take your Gokart with you – fit one in the back of most cars, or two (or more) in the back of an SUV.

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Initial stock is super-limited, due to massively underestimated demand in mainland China for this Gokart accessory, where there is an installed operational base of well over half-a-million Segway miniPRO/Xiaomi Ninebot mini devices.

If you already own a Segway miniPRO just buy the Gokart. If you don’t, buy our Bundle offer.

So enquire today if you want to be drifting into Christmas, and wracking it up through the corners come Boxing Day!

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  • faster than many sports cars – at least for the initial first few seconds! Which is all that counts, right?

[Upated] KickScooter etiquette in New Zealand

In addition to the thousands of private owners of electric KickScooters already going about their business and daily commute across cities in New Zealand (including Xero’s Rod Drury), CBDs in Auckland and Christchurch are about to receive 3,000 ‘sharing scooters’ from Lime and Onzo.

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The NZ Herald has run an article Scooter etiquette a must for Auckland that raises a number of very interesting points. While it suggests “…an adjustment by citizens” – including pedestrians, drivers of motor vehicles and scooter users themselves, it points out that we’ve all been through this before and it worked out well. The example? The supermarket trolley.

While the supermarket trolley was potentially problematic, the practicality and efficiency it provides overwhelmingly supports its continued use and our society had little difficulty embracing a social etiquette that supported and engrained its continued acceptance. Today, can anyone seriously ponder buying a week’s worth of shopping at the supermarket check-out then having to make a dozen or more trips back and forth to their car parked some distance away?

It may be that lessons learned from the humble supermarket trolley may help Auckland and Christchurch embrace the new future of e-scooters.

While there was the facility for trolleys to be misused and littered around car parks and streets, the systems adopted by supermarkets evolved into something easy for patrons to use and easy return of the trolleys to parking bays. She envisages something similar developing with e-scooters.

“People will have to get used to them but the etiquette could grow in the same way as most of us now return the shopping trolleys to the bays. There will have to be some recognition by scooter uses about responsible use…It will take an adjustment from pedestrians too – making sure they are aware of what is around them.”

NZ’s road user rules for Wheeled Recreational Devices require riders to be courteous and ride at speeds that are not dangerous to others, and give way to pedestrians and mobility device users. We also believe it is polite to say “Excuse me” or “I’m coming past on your right/left” when approaching someone from behind – just as you might if you were walking or jogging at a pace faster than a person walking more slowly in front of you.” Easy, huh?

While the sharing scooter business model is to have all of the kickscooters picked up at the end of the day, recharged overnight, then dropped off at dawn at locations known to require the most demand, overseas some companies have already introduced an alternative: users are paid a credit to bring the KickScooter home and recharge it. According to the NZ Herald, Onzo is may introduce this option immediately.

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Lime and Onzo have agreements in place with local councils, and are working with them to ensure deployment is smooth and well-managed. This is a different strategy than was used in some US markets earlier this year, where kickscooters were simply dumped into some cities without permission (the so-called Uber business model). In a few places overseas this resulted in temporary bans some months later, until permits were issued. However, in every city they can be found (and we’re talking more than 100 cities worldwide already) the humble KickScooter has proved itself to be overwhelmingly useful. That’s right: useful.

The NZ Herald has run a further article announcing the launch of Lime in Auckland and Christchurch on 15 October, and ONZO by the end of the monht, Make no mistake – the needle has already jumped forward in this groove.

This truly is a personal transportation revolution unfolding before our eyes – and in very short measure!

“…[B]oth scooter riders and pedestrians will need to learn how to live with each other….[T]here is a bigger goal here – finding alternative, sustainable ways to get people out of their cars and using public transport. That’s where e-scooters and e-bikes can play a big role – getting people to hubs like train and bus stations.

“I think, too, the element of better health, more exercise, getting people outdoors for their commute – all that outweighs the possibility of someone involved in an accident with an e-scooter, especially if that e-scooter etiquette is heeded.”

Segway New Zealand’s view is that regular users are better off buying their own device, such as our best-selling Ninebot by Segway ES2 model ($1,195 including delivery direct from Segway New Zealand, from our Dealers, and from dozens of Retailers nationwide including Bike Barn and Bikes & Barbers).

As Rod Drury (Xero) says about his Segway KickScooter: “I love my ES2…[it] has transformed Wellington for me. I set meetings on the other side of town now”

We also think that about half of the people buying KickScooters today would be better served by buying one of our self-balancing mini-Series devices: Segway miniPRO ($1,495) or Segway miniPLUS ($1,895). Here’s why.

Self-balancing personal transports bring a number of benefits over KickScooters, but many people have actually get on and try one to discover this for themselves. These include the ability to move very slowly in crowded situations whilst taking up no more space that a standing person. A rider can also wait at rest without dismounting (such as at pedestrian crossings). A more comfortable ride comes hand-in-hand with larger pneumatic tyres, along with the ability to cross rougher terrain and climb steeper hills with ease. Weight and size of the mini-Series devices is similar to a KickScooter when lifting in or out of a car or carrying up stairs, yet the footprint may be smaller when you’re taking your device with you on public transport. Why not try out all of our Segway options today so you can find out what suits you best?

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Buy Segway KickScooters and mini-Series direct from Segway New Zealand and our Dealers, and from Retailers nationwide (including Bike Barn and Bikes & Barbers).

KickScooters, drifting Go-karts, Drift e-skates, Loomo robots, self-balancing Segway personal transporters – Oh My!

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Here is Segway New Zealand’s full line of products as of late-2018 and through to early 2019.

You can BUY all of the products shown aboveRIGHT NOW here in New Zealand by calling us on 0800 2 SEGWAY or emailing us segwaynz@icloud.com

All products are available through our Segway Dealers (BodyElectric in Wellington and Urban Wheels in Christchurch).

Consumer products are available in store at dozens of Retailers in just about every city and town throughout New Zealand. Contact us and we’ll let you know the closest shops to where you live. Consumer products include KickScooter (ES2), Drift (W1), mini-Series (miniLITE/PRO/PLUS), and electric unicycles (S2, Z10).

* Go-kart and Z10 available from 1 November 2018 (pre-order now), Loomo available from late-2018 (pre-order now), S2 available on special order

Sharing Scooters in 100+ cities give 25+ million rides in first 12 months

Sharing Scooter start-ups Lime, Bird and others are barely a year old, yet have spread to hundreds of cities, provided millions of rides, and are valued at billions of dollars.

Lime is bringing its electric kick-scooters to Christchurch and Auckland (and maybe Wellington) any day now, while extant bike sharing company Onzo is set to add electric kick-scooters and e-bikes to its fleet too. Onzo has around 1,500 pedal bikes in Auckland, and had provided 100,000 rides by July 2018.

To get a feeling for the exponential rate of growth these ventures are undergoing, according to The Verge, Lime turned 1 year old in July 2018 and hit 6 million rides that month. By October rides were at 12 million. Lime’s main competitor Bird claimed 10 million rides as it turned 1 year old in September 2018, on scooters deployed across 100 cities.

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Sharing scooters are now competing with ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft in major cities worldwide, so it is no surprise those companies are investing in or launching their own scooters in some places. In July, Uber and Alphabet invested US$335 million in Lime.   Bird recently became the fastest startup to achieve a $2 billion valuation. And to further compete more directly against Uber and Lyft, Bird has just announced it will start delivering scooters to peoples houses.

Traditional pedal bike sharing schemes are also under threat, according to a separate article in The Verge:

Lime says dockless electric vehicles get people to where they’re going a lot faster than pedaling with a traditional bike, too. Electric scooters will get you there 22 percent faster, while electric-assisted bikes will get you there 21 percent faster, according to the company’s research.

When coupled with public transportation, bike-sharing costs about 80 percent less than owning a car, according to Lime, which has made it a popular transit option among people in low-income brackets. In Washington, DC, for example, Lime says it has seen a 20 percent increase of rides on dockless vehicles from people who earn less than $35,000 a year, while usage of docked bikes has remained flat.

In a short period of time commuters, pedestrians and councils have had to both embrace and contend with a significant disruption to the status quo. Ride sharing companies took more than five years to spread and impact cities worldwide, while scooter sharing is having a similar impact in just a year.

To improve safety for riders and pedestrians, geo-speedlimiting is being rolled out in certain areas of some towns in USA. In deals with local governments these companies are sharing anonymised data about routes travelled and volumes of rides taken.

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Lime’s scooter heat map for Santa Monica (source: article in The Verge)

In short order, sharing in its many forms has become the new normal. Segway New Zealand predicts that self-balancing personal transporters will begin to replace a portion of kick scooters within a year, and account for about a third of personal devices being shared within three years. This is because they’re more enjoyable, comfortable and better suited overall for many people in some environments and routes (they just don’t know it yet).

The benefits of sharing scooters, or owning your own e-scooter appear compelling.

Ownership is almost always better for those who commute the same route most days. The Ninebot by Segway ES2 model of KickScooter has not only been the prime choice of of e-scooter used by Lime and Bird, but it is also New Zealand’s best-selling model to consumers who want to buy their own.

Buy the Ninebot by Segway ES2 for just $1,195 direct from Segway New Zealand 0800 2 SEGWAY or email segwaynz@icloud.com, or from retailers nationwide including Bike Barn.

Before you buy a Ninebot by Segway ES2 online be sure to ask the seller if they obtain the item they are selling to you from Segway New Zealand, or if instead they are a grey-market importer who is imported unauthorised (and possibly fake) items. This is an important question because Segway New Zealand does not warrant or support devices that it has not imported, sorry. Why does this matter to you? The Controller Board/Main Board inside every ES2 is security coded to the serial number of the KickScooter, and we cannot program new Boards to serial numbers that we have not imported. Without a functioning Board all you’ll be left with is a plain old mechanical KickScooter to kick around town on.

 

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