The Segway ES2 electric scooter from Segway/Ninebot is an upgraded model from its successor the ES1 which both have had very successful sales numbers since their release in late 2017.
This has been one of the greatest things to happen the electric scooter community in quite some time and there are some good improvements to the ES2 that makes up for the difference in price between the two scooters.
The best part with the Segway scooters is that you can easily upgrade them with an externally mounted battery-pack and get a lot more out of them.
Also read about their latest addition: Segway/Ninebot ES Max VS Xiaomi m365 Pro – Side-by-side Comparison
The ES2 offers users more power in terms of watt, a 300W hub motor, instead of the 250W mounted on the ES1. This motor has a peak power of 600W.
For more information about each of the Segway/Ninebot, electric scooter models read our comparison between the ES1, ES2, and ES4 here.
The motor mounted in the front tire delivers a top speed of 15.5 mph and with the high-quality lithium battery, it can provide a maximum distance per charge of 15.5 miles.
If my calculations are correct, which they usually are, the battery powering the scooter is a 36V/5.2Ah lithium-ion battery. The way I calculate Ampere hours is Wh(187)/V(36) = Ah. There was no information about battery size on the Segway homepage so I had to calculate it on my own, basing it on a 36V system.
It has a rear suspension system and a front shock mounted just above the front tire that helps a lot in reducing some of the bumps coming from the fairly small hard rubber tires.
A good-sized scooter that is very visible during the night thanks to the rear lights and the LED-lights mounted underneath the footpad. The headlight provides you with great visibility during night time riding and the scooter itself is very easy to control.
The scooter is somewhat lightweight with its 28 pounds and it can be easily folded and unfolded in seconds. A great improvement they made to the folding system of the ES1 is that the thing you press down in order to get the scooter to fold can now be hidden. On the ES1 it stands out all the time, on this model you can instead fold it out of the way.
It has a very easy to read LCD display providing you with real-time data like speed, battery level, and ODOmeter. It has built-in Bluetooth so you can download the Ninebot mobile application (IOS / Android) and adjust things like speed and the regenerative braking settings to your liking. There you can also see the real-time data and historical data of your electric scooter and also update the software(firmware) to the latest version with the click of a button.
A sophisticated and smart electric scooter that will find its way into many people’s lives and daily commutes over the coming years.
Speed up to 15.5 mph
A distance of up to 15.5 miles per charge
Hub motor 300W(700W peak)
Lithium-ion 36V 5.2Ah
Weight 27 lbs
7.5” rear & 8” front hard rubber tires
Can tackle slopes up to 10 degrees
The ES2 provides its user with good speed and a decent distance per charge, enough to handle most one-way commutes. The best part of this scooter is the ability to purchase a battery upgrade. An external battery that increases top speed to 18.6 mph and distance 27 miles. A good initial scooter purchase that gives you the option to upgrade it to a long distance scooter at will.
- Good top speed and distance
- Reputable brand of high-quality products
- Ability to upgrade the scooter with an external battery
- Mobile application for easy firmware updates
- Hard rubber tires make it a bit bumpy on uneven surfaces
- The handlebar cannot be adjustable in height
- The mobile application has some bugs that need Ninebots attention
Comparing it to the ES1 it does provide you with a much smoother ride, a lot more power especially noticeable if you have the add-on battery pack equipped. That gives the scooter an addition 200W in peak power and an insane distance of up to 27 miles on a full charge. It also boosts the speed up to 18.6 mph and the ability to climb hills up to 15 degrees(from 10 degrees).
This provides you with a high-end scooter but it’ll set you back almost the same amount of money as the Speedway Mini4 Pro which has some way more serious specifics in comparison. But that scooter weighs around 7 lbs more.
The foot pad has a nice and grippy feeling to it and it doesn’t feel slippery.
I reached a top speed of 16 mph riding on a flat surface with my 176 lbs and the distance it got me was just a little above 12 miles on a fully charged battery with some hills. We have one steep hill here in the city and I had to help kick it all the way to the top.
From a commuter’s perspective, I can definitely see this as a viable option to the popular Glion Dolly which is losing a bit to all these new scooters that have far better performance.
The Ninebot application is easy to use, a tad slow perhaps but I love the fact that Segway/Ninebot can push firmware updates to the scooter so easily. Early models of the app had a lot of bugs but they seem to be working on fixing these issues.
For a high-quality scooter, it folds together nicely and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. Folding mechanism works fantastically good and with its 28 lbs, it isn’t too heavy to carry around on. For younger users, I would suggest getting a shoulder strap from an old laptop and attach it to the wheel and handlebar to make it even easier to carry.
I took it to the office around 8 miles from my home without any issues, charged it up at arrival, then took it home later that same day. If your commute is 11+ miles away I would consider getting the add-on battery pack, or if you’re on the heavy side and want a bit more power in your commute.
- Bluetooth enabled scooter with a mobile application for updates and real-time as well as historical data.
- An easy foot-folding mechanism that folds it together into a lightweight and compact scooter package.
- A good light system with rear light, headlight, and lights underneath the footpad.
- The ability to upgrade to an ES4 with the add-on battery that attaches to the handlebar.
- Motor and footbrake works great and lets you stop in time.
- The design is very stylish and well thought through.
The review test data
Distance: 12.3 miles
Speed: 16.1 mph
Avg speed: 6.9 mph
Battery Consumption: 100% to 0%
Surface: Flat surface, some elevation
Last words of recommendation
I have no problem at all recommending the ES2 to anyone looking to get a bit more power under their feet than what the ES1 provides. With or without having the add-on battery pack.
However, I love to be able to increase the performance of my electric rides at will and I know a lot of you readers do too. With the add-on battery equipped the ES2 takes an even greater lead over the ES1.
If you have no thoughts on upgrading in the future you might want to check out the Xiaomi Mijia m365 review here. It has a better distance per charge out of the box at a lower price. But you’ll leave the ability to upgrade your scooter behind.