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Segway Ninebot E2 Plus Review

Budget-friendly and portable electric scooter for short commutes on flat terrain
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Segway Ninebot E2 Plus Review
Credit: Brian Walker
Price:  $400 List
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Manufacturer:   Segway
By Austin Palmer and Isaac Laredo  ⋅  Oct 23, 2023
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RANKED
#8 of 11
  • Range - 25% 4.7
  • Power - 25% 5.2
  • Ride Comfort - 20% 6.5
  • Portability - 15% 6.9
  • Braking - 15% 7.5

Our Verdict

Segway Ninebot E2 Plus is an affordable, portable, lightweight, and quality scooter for those on a budget. With a top speed of 15.5 mph and a measured effective range of 10.9 miles, it is best for short-distance last-mile commutes. The solid tires provide a smooth ride and eliminate the need to worry about flat tires. The model weighs 33 pounds and folds down in a secure, easy-to-carry package for bringing upstairs, on the bus or storing in the apartment. The LED deck lights and brake lights increase your visibility throughout your trip, while the app helps you fine-tune features like cruise control. After longer days commuting, expect a longer recharge time compared to scooters of a similar range. The Segway Ninebot E2 Plus is a great value for budget-minded commuters who need a portable and lightweight scooter. It is not ideal for long-distance rides, but it is perfect for short trips around town. If you need something that can really go the distance, see our comprehensive best scooter review.
REASONS TO BUY
Maintenance free tires
User friendly carrying latch
Cruise control
REASONS TO AVOID
Charge time
Stiff latch

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Bottom Line An affordable option for shorter commutes on flatter and smoother terrainA powerful scooter with excellent range and a smooth rideThis scooter will appeal to commuters as it is speedy, fun, easy to collapse, and is relatively lightweightA decent scooter with a handy app-based locking feature, a fussy carrying handle, and questionable build qualityA smooth-riding, wallet-friendly scooter with some high-end features
Rating Categories Segway Ninebot E2 Plus Gotrax G4 Razor E Prime III Superfun S1-A Gotrax GXL V2
Range (25%)
4.7
7.5
4.3
5.9
4.2
Power (25%)
5.2
8.0
6.5
5.8
4.7
Ride Comfort (20%)
6.5
8.0
7.3
5.9
7.7
Portability (15%)
6.9
8.3
8.9
5.6
4.1
Braking (15%)
7.5
7.7
6.0
9.0
9.5
Specs Segway Ninebot E2 Plus Gotrax G4 Razor E Prime III Superfun S1-A Gotrax GXL V2
Measured Maximum Speed 15.6 mph 19.8 mph 18.4 mph 15.7 mph 12.5 mph
Measured Effective Range 10.9 miles 22 miles 8.2 miles 14.7 miles 7 miles
Measured Charge Time 7 hours 5 hours 50 minutes 6 hours 5 hours 20 minutes 4 hours 15 minutes
Measured Weight 33.3 lb 37.8 lb 24.0 lb 31.6 lb 26.0 lb
Brake Type Electronic front brake with rear drum brake Rear disc brake and E-ABS braking system Front electronic brake and rear fender brake Front electronic ABS brake with a rear disc brake Front regenerative and rear disc
Tire Type Inner hollow, maintenance-free Pneumatic Pneumatic front
Solid rear
Solid (honeycomb) Pneumatic
Tire Size 8.1" 10" 8" 8.5" 8.5"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen Yes Yes No Yes Yes
App Yes No No Yes No
Manufacturer Maximum Load 198 lb 220 lb 220 lbs 220 lb 220 lb
Manufacturer Motor Size Nominal 300 Watt
Max 500 Watt
500 Watt 250 Watt 450 Watt 250 Watt
Bell Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Battery Type Lithium-ion Lithium Lithium Lithium-ion Lithium

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Segway Ninebot E2 Plus allows consumers to commute with the Segway brand and associated build quality without the traditional expense. The brand's intro model features a comfortable ride, great portability, and an app to control to help you customize the ride's features. It is best suited for individuals who value storage and portability and do daily short commutes.

Performance Comparison


segway ninebot e2 plus - this scooter is a great option for shorter commutes, scoots along...
This scooter is a great option for shorter commutes, scoots along the bike path, or as a gift to enable teenagers to get around.
Credit: Brian Walker

Range


The real-world range of an electric scooter dictates which model is right for you. This metric looks at the actual mileage when tested on our standardized loop and the overall recharge time. The Segway Ninebot E2 Plus fell short of its stated range but remains comparable to other scooters in its price range. Riders that fall below the weight limit and have optimal riding conditions may make it closer to the manufacturer-claimed 15.5 miles. We were surprised by the 7-hour recharge time despite its shorter range. Overall, this model offers an acceptable range for shorter commutes around the city.


In our extensive testing, the 220-watt hour lithium-ion battery propelled this model for 10.9 miles for 55 minutes. The tested range was notably below the manufacturer's stated range of 15.5 miles. A scooter's range can change based on rider weight, terrain types, and road conditions. We tested on a standardized flat track and maintained a consistent speed throughout.

The app will keep track of your trip's statistics.
The app will keep track of your trip's statistics.
The Segway ecosystem's micro-adjustments let you fine-tune your ride...
The Segway ecosystem's micro-adjustments let you fine-tune your ride by adjusting the suspension, acceleration, and braking.

After range testing, we placed the scooter on the charger and recorded its charge time from zero to a full battery. Despite having a smaller battery, it took seven hours to recharge the scooter fully. This is one of the longest recharge times in the review. A shorter range and long recharge time combo leaves something to be desired, ultimately making this model best for shorter commutes.

segway ninebot e2 plus - we were able to maintain a speed greater than 10 mph until we...
We were able to maintain a speed greater than 10 mph until we exceeded 9.5 miles.
Credit: Brian Walker

Power


A powerful scooter means you can travel at a higher speed and tackle the steeper hills you may encounter on your commute. We maxed out the throttle and pushed the limit on various grades. The E2 has swift acceleration and accurate top speeds but struggled in our hill climbing tests.


The E2 utilizes a 300w motor that can produce 500w maximum power to achieve its manufacturer-stated and measured top speed of 15.6 MPH. After a small kickstart, the motor kicks in with smooth acceleration. The app allows you to fine-tune the speed at which the motor engages after a kickstart.

While we found it to have quick acceleration, it struggled to make it up our moderate test hills (3.5% grade), losing almost 9 mph throughout the hill. Performance suffered as the hills got steeper, and the model could not crawl to the top of our more telling test hills. The power of the E2 is best suited for flatter commutes across the city.

Like most scooters, the E2 requires a kick-start before the 300w motor takes over.
Credit: Brian Walker

Ride Comfort


A comfortable ride is a key factor when purchasing a new vehicle for commuting. We rode around the pothole-laden roads of Lake Tahoe to test the shock absorption and cockpit experience of each model. The E2 Plus provided an above-average ride experience thanks to its medium-sized hollow tires, LED Deck lighting, and comfortable cockpit.


The 8.1" hollow tires are low maintenance and improve ride comfort due to their size and construction. They use a minimalist internal structure to support the subsequent hollow sections. It provides a nice ride experience that splits the difference between solid and pneumatic tires. The E2 mutes small cracks and reduces the impact of medium ones. While vibrations were ultimately present, the overall ride quality was above average, and our test team could ride for long sessions similar to its overall range. Large cracks were very noticeable on the model, while not often spine jerking; we suggest avoiding routes with large cracks or looking into models with suspension. This model offers plenty of comfort for surfaces with minor damage and small to medium-sized cracks.

segway ninebot e2 plus - the internally ribbed tires provided a slightly better ride than its...
The internally ribbed tires provided a slightly better ride than its solid counterparts.
Credit: Brian Walker

Portability


The importance of portability differs with every individual situation. It may be less important for those who can pull the scooter directly into a garage, but it is of the utmost importance for those needing to carry it up flights of stairs. The E2 Plus adds to its city-centric feature set with an impressively low weight and reliable carrying latch.


This model weighs a reasonable 33 pounds. While that may not sound light, it's competitive for a scooter of this build quality. The ergonomics also make carrying this scooter easier. The tube is large enough to comfortably grab but small enough that most hands should be able to grip it fully. It is also well-balanced and easier to carry in different positions than other scooters of the same weight. When it comes to folding, the scooter is easy to fold and unfold, which locks into place utilizing a redundant latching system to prevent the scooter from folding during use (believe it or not, we have seen this happen). The lever is secure and takes some effort to engage or disengage when folding or unfolding the scooter. The fold latch is offset and helps provide a locked-in package when carrying the scooter.

The handlebar tube latch is quite stiff but can still be engaged and disengaged quickly for easy carrying.
Credit: Brian Walker

Braking


Just like your car, the braking system on a scooter is critical, especially in a fast-paced city where you never know what is around the corner. For each scooter, we tested the overall stopping power and speed control. The E2 provided average stopping power on the flats and hills. It has no controls to stop the scooter from traveling beyond its top speed of 16 mph when going downhill.


The E2 utilizes an electric brake in the front and a drum brake in the rear. One handle controls these, providing adequate stopping power and speed control in each test. The 14-15% grade slopes presented a challenge, as it took a bit longer to decelerate. Riders should monitor their speed when traveling downhill due to the lack of control and overall braking power. Regaining control at higher speeds may be difficult while traveling down steeper hills.

A short overall braking distance on flat surfaces can make your commute safer. The two-brake combo took 21 feet to decelerate from 15-0 mph. The drum brake in the rear prevented the rear tire from skidding. The added control enhanced the user-friendliness and overall performance of the scooter. While this scooter would benefit from increased braking power, its overall performance is well suited to the ideal terrain for this scooter.

segway ninebot e2 plus - we exceeded the scooter's top speed by 2-3 mph when going downhill...
We exceeded the scooter's top speed by 2-3 mph when going downhill which made a noticeable impact on our braking performance and stopping power.
Credit: Brian Walker

Should You Buy the Segway Ninebot E2 Plus?


If you are looking for a high-quality, budget-friendly scooter from one of the most recognized brands in the industry, then this model is a good pick for you. Its price, weight, build quality, and overall feature set make it an easy-to-recommend product.

What Other Electric Scooters Should You Consider?


Check out the Segway Ninebot MAX G2 if you want a faster, more comfortable ride. This standout model offers best-in-class ride comfort, speed, and range at the expense of portability. If you want to save a few more dollars, check out the Gotrax GXL V2 for another high-value yet low-cost product.

segway ninebot e2 plus - a worthwhile pick at an attractive pricepoint.
A worthwhile pick at an attractive pricepoint.
Credit: Brian Walker

Austin Palmer and Isaac Laredo