Sunday, July 14, 2024

After e-scooters, Segway launches its first electric dirt bikes

Segway-Ninebot – commonly referred to as Segway – is widely known for its micro-mobility products and self-balancing technology. But now the company is looking to take another step towards electric vehicles, so they are presenting their first electric motorcycle.

Debuted at the 2019 SEMA Show, the Dirt e-bike X160 and X260 are Segway’s first electric Powersports products that are a hybrid between a dirt and mountain bike that offer a superior off-road experience. They can be customized using standard motor parts and use swappable batteries.

The first, smaller version of the Segway Dirt eBike – X160, offers a range of 40.4 miles (65 km) per charge and a maximum speed of 31.1 mph (50 km/h). It is pulled forward by a 3 KW electric motor powered by a 1 kWh/48 V battery. Weight with battery should be about 48 kg (105.8 lbs).

The machines designed explicitly for outdoor expeditions.
The machines designed explicitly for outdoor expeditions.

Next, X260 is more powerful as it will be able to cover 74.6 miles (120 km) on a single charge, due to the 1.8 kWh/60 V battery. Its maximum speed should be 46.6 mph (75 km/h) and equipped with a 5 kW electric motor. Thanks to the larger battery, the weight is 55 kg (121.3 lb).

The X260 comes with 19-inch wheels, while the X160 is 17 inches. Both electric motorbikes feature a suspension consisting of a multi-link rear hydraulic shock absorber and a front inverted suspension fork. According to the specifications, both electric bikes will have Bluetooth connectivity and will link to the Segway-Ninebot app for firmware updates. The batteries are interchangeable and can be charged within four hours.

These two bikes will hit the market in early 2020, and it is not yet known whether they will be limited to the US. The reference price is $2,999 for X160 and $4,500 for X260. Until then, electric dirt bikes can be pre-ordered via Indiegogo. The campaign is scheduled to begin on November 25th.