Ninebot Segway continues to seek World domination in the micro mobility market, particularly in the e-scooter market, and specifically the rental market – to enable this global takeover, they’ve developed a type of electric scooter that not only looks different to anything we’ve seen before, but also functions like nothing we’ve seen before – ladies and gentleman, I give you the Ninebot Segway T60.
It’s more than just a space aged looking electric scooter.
It’s tempting at first glance to assume that what Segway have done, is moved the traditional design of the e-scooter on, and made it something much more techno looking and added a 3rd wheel – voila, a new player in the market and we’d all call it an evolution and give it masses of plaudits. And in all honesty, we probably would. But this is not what makes the T60 interesting – its the tech thats INSIDE the scooter which is really interesting and will ultimately ensure it becomes a massive success.
The point I have made above about the rental market is key here – the T60 is about to revolutionise the way that market operates and profits. You see, the T60 has the ability to drive itself…yes you read that right…the ability to autonomously drive itself back to a pre designated charging station. In doing so, it does away with one of the main gripes of cities who run e-scooter rental schemes – that of scooters being left abandoned here there and everywhere, and at the same time, can take away the reliance on people having to charge the scooters for the company so they can be brought back into use.
The Segway T60 can be charged wirelessly – not a new technology in reality, mobile phones have been doing it for some years, but new to the e-scooter market. So join the dots up – the T60 can be rented, abandoned, drives itself back to a charging “zone” where it can sit and be charging wirelessly without any human intervention, ready for the next rental. Goodbye complex and costly processes to keep the rental system going and “Hello” to efficiency and profitability.
The T60 will still be judged on its ride-ability and usability for the end user, but Segway has experience with previous incarnations to ensure that’s of a high enough standard – and these leaps in technology ( and design ) feels like enough to make this model a game changer in the industry as a whole but specifically to the way that companies operate their rental model.
In terms of timing, it’s being tested now, with road testing proper taking place from September 2019 with a view to a Q1 2020 launch. Price wise, this is not going to be cheap – early indications are it will be over £1000 per unit. This may price it out of mass market B2C take up, but if rental businesses such as Lime and Bird see the economy of what this . new technology brings, then it may feel like a snip at the £1k price range.
We’ll keep you posted.