electric skateboards, also called scooters, began to be known this year in Argentina
with rental services available in some neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. A good part of the units used by these platforms use the models manufactured by the firm
Segway Ninebot, which now start offering its electric vehicles of
official form in Argentina
personal use only.
Segway was a recognized
self-balancing vehicle Two-wheeled wheels presented in 2002 with high expectations, but I ended up involved in various failures and serious incidents, such as the fatal accident suffered by its owner James Heselden in 2010 while driving one of these models. For its part, Ninebot founded in 2012 and
I acquired the US firm in 2015 to develop a line of
electric scooters, a base that served as a kicker for skateboard rental services worldwide.
Now available for personal use,
offer in Argentina the models
KickScooter ES1 and ES2, which have a maximum load capacity of 100 kilos of driver weight. According to the version, it can reach a speed of between 20 to 25 kilometers per hour, and has a weight of about 12 kilos. According to its manufacturer, a full load, which lasts about 3 hours, allows you to travel up to 25 kilometers.
The ES1 model of Segway Ninebot served as the basis for the skateboard rental park available in Buenos Aires since May of this year
We tested the KickScooter ES1 model, the entry version of Segway Ninebot that differs from rental models because of its folding design. In the box, the vehicle is disassembled in two parts, on the one hand the handlebar and on the other the steering bar that contains the 187 Wh battery folded next to the base and the solid wheels.
It has a special charger that resembles the models used by notebooks, and is accompanied by the key and screws to assemble the scooter, a simple operation that does not require much effort. In less than ten minutes we were able to connect the only cable that controls the brake and acceleration, and then we adjusted the four screws that fix the handle to the steering bar of the skateboard.
After the quick set-up we tested the ES1 of Segway Ninebot on a trip by bike lanes, bicisendas and sidewalks with pedestrians on a trip between Vicente Lpez and Palermo. The robust and firm design, coupled with a simple folding system, make it ideal for use on a journey combined with a train, subway or collective trip.
However, this time the route was 9 kilometers, a considerable distance for a trip in this type of electric vehicles. For some sections the surface imperfections could be felt, since the KickScooter ES1 lacks a suspension system that allows damping the vibrations of some tiles, something that is available in the ES2 version.
The speed was limited to 15 kilometers per hour, but it can be unlocked and reach up to 20 kilometers per hour. The handle is simple, it has a clear menu indicating the autonomy of the battery and the speed reached, with a single power button that allows you to turn on the headlight and make speed adjustments, accompanied by the easy-to-use acceleration and braking controls on each side.
The trip consumed almost half of the battery, and Segway Ninebot details that the scooter has a regenerative brake system that can be adjusted from the mobile application for Android and iOS. You can also make a selection of the color of the LED lighting located on the bottom of the scooter.
Segway Ninebot electric skateboards arrive in Argentina with the help of Grupo Simpa, the exclusive representative of the Chinese firm in the country, which also specializes in marketing the bikes of motorcycle manufacturers such as KTM, Royal Enfield and Piaggio, among others brands. The KickScooter ES1 model will be available at 49,500 pesos, while the ES2 version will cost 59,900 pesos.