Segway-Ninebot KickScooter Air T15: Ride Into Your Childhood Memories
A long time has passed since Segway introduced the Segway HT back in 2001. The “HT” model, which stands for “human transportation,” has had its ups and downs as a consumer product. Since the introduction of its first model, consumers have been waiting patiently for a – dare we say it? – segue into a more attractive personal transportation device that doesn’t leave your co-workers questioning your sanity when roll in at work.
Enter the Segway-Ninebot KickScooter, a human propulsion device that you may find more recognizable in today’s scooter environment. This model looks like a highly modified version of the aluminum scooter you rode as a teen that nearly ended your shinbones every weekend. But this scooter comes with a lithium-ion battery and electric motor.
What Makes It Different?
Unlike the scooter that you aggressively kicked up hills in your youth, this battery-powered wonder will propel you up a 15% grade with ease. It makes the grocery run that much easier when you’ve frantically realized you forgot one key ingredient in tonight’s dinner. As you wheel back down the hill to your apartment, cilantro tucked neatly into your shopping bag, the wheels charge your waning battery, an innovation known as regenerative braking.
Wait. What? How Fast Can I Go?
When it comes to cross-town cruising, and you’re not in a pinch for time, you have the luxury of utilizing four riding modes, which allow the rider to switch between Pedestrian Mode, Energy-saving Mode, Standard Mode, and the coveted Sport Mode. These modes will generate a forward momentum of 3.7 mph, 6.2 mph, 9.3 mph, and 12.4 mph, respectively.
The Fine Print
There is, of course, a smart app that controls it all. The Segway-Ninebot App is available on iOS and integrates via a Bluetooth connection. The app gives you the option to switch up the LED ambient light colors (to match the night’s outfit, of course), live riding stats dashboard, and cruise control. The built-in front and rear LED lights will keep you visible during late-night rides. And after you’ve spent the whole day out on this thing, having the time of your life, you’ve got to recharge it. Another upside of the KickScooter is that it collapses down into a package the size of a large umbrella, and docking it into its charging station – made of recyclable materials – makes it only marginally larger.
Let’s Get Down to Business
At an entry-level price of only $569, this Kickstarter ware is a bargain. It can potentially fix much of your commuting worries and saving you time, all while giving mother nature a slight reprieve from resource-wasting traffic congestion. If cycling or driving in a big city doesn’t sound appealing, the Segway-Ninebot KickScooter Air T15 is a substitute for traditional transportation methods.
Not only that, but the fond childhood memories recalled on each ride will perk up every day.