For some time now, scooters have reappeared on the streets. Small and light, they are indeed a great way to get around town faster. The addition of an electric motor to the scooters has given them that little extra that makes them even more attractive.
However, when looking to buy an electric scooter model for the first time, you can quickly find yourself lost in the number of models available.
In this article, we have chosen to look at the Ninebot ES4 electric scooter model, sold by the Segway brand.
Segway, which is a world famous brand known to the general public thanks to its range of Segways that appeared on the French market a few years ago, has now launched its own model of electric scooter, the Ninebot ES4 .
Displayed at a price of 799€, the Ninebot ES4 scooter is placed rather in the high-end models of electric scooters.
Let's take a look now at the characteristics of this product to see if its price is justified, and if it stands out as a smart purchase for an urban mobility solution.
Structure and Design of Ninebot ES4 Electric Scooter
Strictly speaking, the Ninebot ES4 scooter is very similar to the Ninebot ES2 model, also designed by Segway. The main difference will be played on the battery.
Due to the presence of a double battery , the Ninebot ES4 electric scooter has a net weight of 14kg. We are here in the high average of electric scooters. Considering the gain in battery life, the extra few pounds really aren't a problem. In addition, if necessary, the battery is removable.
The maximum authorized weight is 100kg. It is possible to use the machine when you weigh a little heavier, but the maximum speed will be lower and the acceleration slower.
The recommended minimum age to use it is 14 years old. The Ninebot ES4 scooter has two brakes: an electromagnetic brake at the front and a mechanical brake at the rear.
It is equipped with an LED headlight at the front and a brake light at the rear, allowing users to travel at night in complete safety. Plus, it's rain resistant (but don't leave it outside!).
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The battery of the Ninebot ES4 electric scooter
Let's take a closer look at the most interesting point of the Ninebot ES4 scooter: its battery. Indeed, when the double battery is attached to the scooter, a maximum autonomy of 45 km is reached.
The batteries are of the Lithium-Ion type and require a full recharge time of approximately 7 hours. However, the second battery can be charged on its own, separately from the rest of the scooter . The full charge time for each battery is approximately 3.5 hours.
In addition to this, the batteries of the Ninebot ES4 scooter are equipped with the standard safety features at Segway:
- Overheat protection
- Short circuit protection
- Overload protection
- Protection against excessive current
Is the Ninebot ES4 a fast scooter?
The Ninebot ES4 electric scooter has an accelerator located on the handles. At maximum speed, the vehicle can reach 30km/h .
It is possible to pre-determine a maximum speed not to be exceeded. This can be very practical, especially if you lend your scooter to your children, or if you are moving in a context of heavy traffic.
In addition, it is equipped with a speed regulator . If you're going long distances, it's much more comfortable not having to constantly press the accelerator.
The motor power is adjustable and ranges from 300W to 700W. This allows in particular to obtain a faster acceleration in order to reach the maximum speed of the device more quickly .
The Ninebot ES4 also has a small screen located on the handlebar. Among other things, it displays the current speed and the charge level of the batteries.
Is the Ninebot ES4 scooter practical in town?
Many users of electric scooters (see the Segway ES4 review ) use them in particular to make the journey between their home and the nearest public transport. Others use it to get to the office and have to store it there all day.
Good news if this is your case, the Ninebot ES4 scooter is foldable . It then becomes very compact and easy to store in little space. To fold it, nothing could be simpler: just press the small pedal located at the front of the platform. During the use of the scooter, it is possible to lock this pedal in order to avoid an unfortunate accident.
The scooter is also equipped with suspensions. Don't expect miracles on this side, but they are sufficient to absorb the shocks of uneven terrain . However, it is not advisable to use the scooter on dirt roads.
A Connected Segway Scooter
Finally, the Ninebot ES4 electric scooter has a mobile application available on iPhone and Android . The vehicle pairs with phones using a Bluetooth connection. But what is this app for?
First of all, it is used to consult the level of use of your scooter: number of kilometers traveled, average speed, battery use, trip history . It is also possible to adjust the cruise control as well as the maximum authorized speed from the application.
Segway also stands out from the competition through its mobile application, which allows the owner of the Ninebot ES4 to lock the scooter when it is not in use . The wheels are then locked, and if the scooter is moved, or someone tries to roll it, the owner is immediately notified with a notification on their phone.
Conclusion of the Ninebot ES4 review
The Ninebot ES4 electric scooter is an excellent urban mobility solution that we highly recommend . Its maximum speed is generally in the average of what is done in terms of urban scooters, but the real difference lies in its double battery. Indeed, it is relatively rare to see a model capable of holding 45 km.
The slightly high price is justified by a quality design and a practical solution that does not need to be constantly recharged for fear of running out of fuel. So we don't find it that excessive and consider the Ninebot ES4 scooter to be a good long-term investment .