Table of contents
- Xiaomi M365, Segway Ninebot ES2 and Moovi Electric scooter in comparison test
- opinion poll
- Measured values for e-scooters
- Scoring e-scooters
- Technical data (manufacturer information) e-scooter
- E-scooter purchase overview
We tested three e-scooters in comparison: the Xiaomi M365 (purchase price: 499 euros), the Segway Ninebot ES2 (purchase price: 539 euros) and the Moovi (purchase price: 599 euros). The test winner is the Xiaomi, closely followed by the Ninebot.
It was not just about driving impressions, but about hard facts such as the braking distance from 20 km / h. The entrance speed was measured by means of light barriers. Here the Xiaomi won.
We used GPS to determine the acceleration values from 0 to 20 km / h and the elasticity values from 10 to 20 km / h. The Ninebot ES2 was particularly able to score here.
We also measured the range – but with 3 test riders who, including bike helmets and backpacks, weighed between 75 and 80 kilos and took turns on the standard lap. Xiaomi: 27.3 km; Ninebot ES2: 15.9 km; Moovi: 11 km.
The handling course was around 100 meters long and consisted of a slalom and a beautifully curved right-hand bend. The time and the starting speed were measured here. The Ninebot won this chapter.
For the curb test, we went to the 5 cm edge of the “Standard curbs” oriented. Yes, of course there is a DIN for this.
We didn’t shy away from the cobblestone test either. The smaller the tires, the harder the blows…
The terrain test flowed together with the cobblestone and gravel rating into the points of the chapter Driving characteristics.
Since the scooters are used for the “Last mile” designed, we were also interested in how quickly they can be folded up and unfolded and how easy they are to carry. The Moovi scores when it comes to weight.
The Xiaomi M365 is the overall winner in this test field. He decides the chapters safety and battery for himself.
The 250 watt motor sits in the front wheel. Here the engine brake takes over the deceleration.
With the rear disc brake, the Xiaomi scores points in the brake test from 20 km / h and is the only e-scooter in the test field that meets the requirement from the draft for the small electric vehicle regulation of 3.5 m / s².
The brake lever is attached to the left in front of the handle – as we know it from a bicycle.
The thumb throttle on the right is pressed down for the engine brake.
He masters the curb test properly. At 8.5 inches (21.6 cm) it also has the largest wheels in the test.
The Xiaomi can be folded up in 5.85 seconds. A lever on the bell clicks into place at the rear of the mudguard, so the 12.2 kilos we weighed can be easily transported.
The Segway Ninebot ES2 lands just behind the Xiaomi. He wins the chapters of driving characteristics, suitability for everyday use and workmanship.
Here, too, the motor is in the front wheel, but it has an output of 300 watts. This also explains the better acceleration and torque values.
At the rear, however, savings are made and delayed by means of a mudguard brake. With a braking distance of 4.84 meters from 20 km / h it is not safe to drive.
The thumb lever is used to brake, or better said “recuperated”, i.e. the engine brake contributes to the deceleration.
With 20 cm at the front and 19.2 cm at the back, the Ninebot has slightly smaller wheels than the Xiaomi M365. The drivers feel the difference, but they pass the on-board test.
The Segway e-scooter folds up in 6.97 seconds and can then be carried on the handlebar. He weighs 12.5 kilograms.
The Moovie came last in the test. But he can decide for himself the chapter suitability for everyday use, which is mainly due to the low weight.
At the front, the Moovi doesn’t even brake with the engine brake, which is acknowledged with the worst braking value (5.64 meters from 20 km / h).
At the rear, like the Ninebot, there is a fender brake. The 150 watt motor on the rear wheel also brakes.
The engine brake – or recuperation function – is activated using the thumb lever on the left.
The full rubber wheels of the Moovi are completely insensitive, but at 5.7 inches, or around 14.5 cm, they do not provide great comfort during the curb test. If you don’t want your Moovi to touch down, you better get off.
The Moovi is folded up within 7.1 seconds. It is the only e-scooter in the test field on which the handlebars can also be folded. In addition, he only weighs 10.1 kilos.
5 testers and pages of test values, which you can find listed in the tables in the article.
In the video that hangs in the article, we explain how we went about measuring.
The brake test of the three showed that in a dangerous situation, if in doubt, you are better off jumping off. The lowest value (3.89 meters; Xiaomi) is still too much in our opinion.
After all: since no e-scooter in this test field relies on an effective front wheel brake, the risk of provoking a stoppie is negligible.
These e-scooters will probably not be approved afterwards, but the values determined are still comparable with the future legal (almost identical) models. The differences will be minimal. The Xiaomi, for example, will throttle to 20 km / h, Segway and Moovi need a bell in addition to better braking performance.
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E-scooters in the test: Xiaomi M365, Segway Ninebot ES2 and Moovi
Xiaomi M365, Segway Ninebot ES2 and Moovi
Electric scooter in comparison test
An informative test for everyone who wants to buy an e-scooter: We tested scooters in the price range around 500 euros.
1st place (61.4 out of 100 points) Xiaomi Mi M365: The Xiaomi secures victory. In addition to the range and the best braking performance, its strengths also include driving safety because it stands on larger wheels.
place 2 (58.7 out of 100 points) Ninebot ES2: The silver medal was won by the Segway e-scooter. The ES2 accelerates the fastest and has the most elastic draft. The fully sprung chassis helps when cornering. The Ninebot garnishes this with cool extras such as the freely configurable underbody lighting.
place 3 (42.5 out of 100 points) Moovi E-Scooter: The most expensive model in the test only made it to third place. This is mainly due to the poor range and the small wheels. They are not only a hindrance on uneven ground, but also acknowledge everything that is not mirror-smooth asphalt with restless driving behavior. On the other hand, the Moovi is lighter and more compact than its test opponents.
- Driving characteristics
- security (Brake test)
- Suitability for everyday use
- Technical specifications
- Legal position
- Favorites of the testers
Tyson Jopson / ams
The chapter driving characteristics includes the criteria: acceleration, elasticity, top speed, handling course, curb test, ground clearance, driving without drive / step height, turning circle, test drives on gravel, meadow and cobblestones, chassis / stability, responsiveness, minimum speed until the engine is activated.
We subdivide the chapter driving characteristics into objective measured values and subjective impressions of the various testers. And in this chapter there are, as much as we can tell, big differences.
Let’s start with the vehicle dynamics measurements. A good acceleration value ensures driving pleasure. Therefore the value from zero to 20 km / h is the first criterion. Here the Ninebot is only 0.2 ahead of the Moovi with 7.4 seconds. The Xiaomi, on the other hand, is behind with 9.2 seconds. With the more important value, the elasticity of 10 – 20 km / h, the Xiaomi is only 0.2 behind the Moovi with 5.7 seconds. Here, too, the Ninebot takes the lead with 4.8 seconds.
These are the best prerequisites for doing well in the next test category, the handling course. Here you have to complete an approximately 100-meter-long course consisting of slalom and fast cornering. The distance between the pylons is four meters. The Ninebot ES2 starts as a favorite and subjectively fulfills this role. Playful handling and good road holding promote confidence in traction and the pylons can be turned around quickly. When braking on the long curve, it remains easy to control and, thanks to the larger wheels, also allows a greater lean angle. The ES 2 has good elasticity values when accelerating out, and the stopwatch shows 19.928 s at the end.
Moovi gives away potential
The light Moovi is the second scooter on the handling course and should also be fast due to its weight and good acceleration values. But shortly after the start he teaches him better. The small hard rubber wheels in combination with the handlebar, which can be folded up to save space, but also allows a lot of play due to its moving parts while driving, ensure an unsafe driving experience. Especially since the whole trip is accompanied by a rattling noise. So you don’t use the full potential that would be given by the good throttle response. In the long right-hand bend of the test track, you don’t expect the Moovi to lean and lose more time. The little scooter crosses the finish line in 21.97 seconds and is around two seconds behind the Segway Ninebot.
The third candidate is the Xiaomi. It looks similar to the Segway, but its battery sits in the footboard and not in the handlebars. This ensures a lower center of gravity and good handling. His driving behavior seems playful from the start and the slalom is easy. In the long curve it allows a little more lean angle than the Ninebot and can therefore be moved at a higher speed. The Xiaomi wins the test on the handling course with 19.492 seconds. In addition to good drivability, the top speed is also responsible for this. The scooter achieved 24 km / h in the measurement. The Segway 22 and the Moovi 21.5 km / h.
Xiaomi is the king of bad roads
We collected the subjective impressions on extensive test drives on a wide variety of surfaces. While well-paved roads do not cause any of the three candidates any problems, there are noticeable differences on bumpy terrain. The hardness test on cobblestones turns out to be a torture with the Moovi because of its small wheels. Shaken so that you can hardly see where it is going, you should get off and push on this surface. In general, the Moovi requires the greatest attention, as even small potholes can throw it off its feet and, in the worst case, bring it to an abrupt stop. Lowered curbs can also be fatal for him. The other two scooters with the larger wheels mastered the cobblestone test properly, but the bumpy ride is not fun there either. Both of them climb lowered curbs with reasonable ease. Overall, the Xiaomi is the most comfortable on bad roads.
Cobblestones (picture), meadow and gravel – the three electric scooters (and the testers’ vortex) had to endure a lot for the bad road rating.
If the battery should be empty, or if you have to help with pedaling uphill, the light Moovi can collect points again. Its similarity to classic scooters benefits it here: You can make good progress. Overall, however, the Segway is what we like best here, as it can also be controlled very well in pedal mode. There is a point deduction for the front-wheel drive when driving uphill with pedal assistance, as the load on the front wheel is automatically relieved here and the traction of the scooter deteriorates.
Conclusion driving characteristics: If you summarize all test criteria, the Ninebot wins the chapter driving characteristics with 24.3 out of 35 possible points. Second place goes to the Xiaomi with 23.5 and a little behind, the Moovi lands in third place with 17.1 points.
The chapter on safety includes the following criteria: braking distance from 20 km / h and the braking behavior, i.e. the stability during the braking process.
All three e-scooters in the test are equipped with front and rear lights, as stipulated by the regulation for small electric vehicles. On the Xiaomi, the LEDs are activated when the driver presses the start button in the middle of the steering column a second time. Then it shines brightly at the front, while at the back, in the middle of the mudguard, a small red lamp lights up. If the handbrake lever is operated, the red LED flashes. The luminosity of the front and rear lights is absolutely fine on this electric scooter.
It is similar with the Ninebot ES2, with the difference that it has two rear lights. They sit to the side of the rear wheel, but are still clearly visible. The LEDs also light up on this e-scooter as soon as the start button is pressed the second time. And here, too, the taillights flash when braking. Overall, the lights are a bit brighter than the Xiaomi – the Segway e-scooter is easier to see in the dark.
Moovi lighting concept does not work
The Moovi has a far less effective lighting concept. First of all, it’s not quite as intuitive to use. How do the lights go on There are three small buttons next to the display; if you hold the top one down for a long time, you can switch on the front and rear lights. Instead of a light symbol, there is only an arrow on the button. We don’t know what that has to do with the lighting. But it could be related to the fact that the lights on the Moovi are more of an underbody and wheel lighting than headlights and taillights. The LEDs are located under the running board.
The white LEDs mainly illuminate the area around the front wheel, with the area directly in front of the front tire remaining dark. A path full of darkness gapes between the two cones of light to the front. As if that weren’t bad enough, the left light is also blocked by the folded side stand, which further narrows the light cone. At the rear, the area around the wheel is also mainly well illuminated. Front and rear, the LEDs hardly manage to make the driver with his e-scooter clearly visible to other road users. And the light sources are not sufficient for a good view of the road ahead.
Brake test from 20 km / h
For the chapter on safety, the braking distance is essential, but braking behavior must not be neglected with e-scooters – because what use is the shortest braking distance if the vehicle throws the driver off because the rear wheel rises into the air, so the braking process is one “Stoppie” caused. However, since the candidates’ braking power on the front wheel is very limited, such maneuvers were not to be feared.
Since the hub motor of the Moovi is housed in the rear wheel, the front wheel remains completely unbraked – that explains the worst braking distance among the 3 test candidates.
With a braking distance of 3.89 meters, the Xiaomi M365 not only wins the brake test from 20 km / h, but is also the only one of the three candidates that meets the requirements of the last draft for the Small Electric Vehicle Ordinance: 3.5 m / s² is required which corresponds to a braking distance of 4.4 meters at a speed of 20 km / h. The Ninebot by Segway ES2 has a braking distance of 4.84 meters, the Moovi even 5.64 meters. We allowed every e-scooter to brake at least ten times from 20 km / h. The same three testers (50 kilos, 80 kilos and 100 kilos) always braked. Condition: A full carrot is braked, but the brakes must be stopped. This means that if the maneuver resulted in a particularly short braking distance, but the test driver was no longer on the scooter in the end, then the attempt did not count.
Different braking concepts
The Xiaomi and the Ninebot brake at the front via the motor using recuperation, the Moovi has to do without a brake at the front, but recuperates via the motor in the rear wheel. To do this, the motor’s polarity is reversed and, like a generator, it feeds energy back into the battery. Regardless of how useful a recuperation function may be in a small electric vehicle, in all three cases it is not particularly useful as a brake. With the Segway Ninebot ES2 and Moovi, the engine brake is activated with the thumb lever, the rest of the rider has to pull out the mudguard brake, i.e. press the mudguard onto the solid rubber tire with his foot. If the battery runs out of power on the way, the mudguard is the only brake that remains. Without engine electronics, there is no engine brake.
Plus point: The Xiaomi is the only one to roll with a disc brake on the rear wheel. We recommend that you pay attention to the brake concept when buying.
The Xiaomi M365, on the other hand, scores with its disc brake on the rear wheel, which is also easy to operate with a classic hand lever – just like on a bicycle. Only installing the effective disc brake at the rear is not ideal, because the rear wheel is relieved during the braking process itself and thus locks faster. However, the compromise that the Chinese manufacturer is making is okay. Because the risk of causing a stoppie with a snappy disc brake on the front wheel does not exist with the Xiaomi – and it still complies with the limit value. There is also an ABS function to prevent blocking at the rear.
Conclusion security: Let’s not kid ourselves, even 3.89 meters of braking distance from 20 km / h is a lot. Too much when in doubt. For comparison, we let a touring e-bike brake fully from 20 km / h – that came to 2.28 meters. Sure, the chassis geometry of a bicycle, and thus also the braking behavior, is completely different – as an e-scooter driver it certainly doesn’t hurt to be aware of that. If you think you can come to a stop in time with Xiaomi, Ninebot or Moovi in a dangerous situation – we advise: In case of doubt, jumping off is possibly safer. In terms of lighting, the Xiaomi M365 and Ninebot ES2 are well positioned in the dark, but the Moovi could not convince us.
Range and charging
The battery chapter includes the following criteria: range and charging time. The range was determined by 3 test drivers who, including their bike helmets and backpack, weighed between 75 and 80 kilos each and took turns on the standard lap. Xiaomi: 27.3 km; Ninebot ES2: 15.9 km; Moovi: 11 km.
The charging and the range are among the most sober topics to do with electric scooters, but for many they are also among the most important. Whether a scooter has to be plugged in again after every trip or whether it takes half a day to fully charge its battery can ultimately – depending on the relevance for the consumer – decide on the purchase.
In order to determine the range of the e-scooter, three scooter testers (all between 75 and 80 kilos in weight) drove our approximately two-kilometer consumption lap until the batteries were completely empty. For a better comparison, they drove in a group and reached an average speed of around 16 km / h on the realistic, partly hilly circuit.
Xiaomi comes the farthest (27.3 km)
Already after the fourth round and almost three quarters of an hour, the Moovi ran out of breath. In comparison, the most expensive scooter only had a range of eleven kilometers and thus only half as far as the manufacturer promises. The Ninebot ES2 lasted about an hour and made it 15.9 kilometers about five kilometers. The ES2 remains around ten kilometers and a third behind the manufacturer’s specification of 25 kilometers – after all: a second battery for the ES2 can be ordered for 199 euros, which, according to the manufacturer, should give it a range of 45 kilometers. Another test may have to show whether this is really true.
Contrary to expectations, the Chinese Xiaomi M365 advertises realistic values and, with a proud 27.3 kilometers in the test, comes very close to the promised 30 kilometers, so that our test driver had to drive in circles for almost 1.5 hours until the battery was empty. The reason for the big differences between the e-scooters is not only the different strengths of the motors, but above all the battery capacities. For example, a lithium-ion battery from the battery manufacturer LG, which has a capacity of 280 Wh, is installed in the footboard of the range king from Xiaomi (250 watt motor). In the steering column of the ES2 (300 watt motor), on the other hand, there is only one battery with 187 Wh and the power storage in the footboard of the Moovi (150 watt motor) only has a capacity of around 150 Wh.
Incidentally, anyone who speculates on simply taking a replacement battery with them and exchanging it on the go will be disappointed – all batteries are built into the e-scooters and can only be charged directly on the device. Which brings us to the second part of the battery chapter: Charging.
E-scooter charging times in the test
All three e-scooters are delivered with compact power packs. Since the German compulsory standard has apparently not yet arrived, they rely on different power supplies, some of which have different powers and plugs. For example, the Moovi charger delivers 84 watts, the power packs of the Segway Ninebot and Xiaomi M365 only 71 watts. Against this background, the different loading times are not surprising.
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Do you consider the range to be decisive for this micro-mobility concept?
Yes absolutely! I rarely want to have to charge the e-scooter.
No for that “Last mile”-Concept does not matter whether the range is 10, 20 or 30 km.
Despite the small battery and comparatively powerful power supply, the Moovi needs 3:45 hours to charge the battery from zero to 100 percent and has a charging power of around 220 watts. This meant that the charging process took five times as long as the actual journey. The Ninebot was plugged in for 4:30 hours and consumed 260 watts for a full charge during this time. This means that the Segway subsidiary’s front-wheel drive unit charges significantly more efficiently than the Moovi, despite the weaker power pack. Similarly efficient and therefore much longer, it took all four LEDs of the battery indicator on the Xiaomi M365 to light up again. Due to the weak power supply, it had to charge for 7:05 hours and consumed 400 watts. At this point at the latest, the long range takes revenge and the China scooter has to put up with the same accusations as electric cars that do without a fast charging system.
In contrast, the actual charging process is similar for all three scooters. The analysis of the charging curves showed that all three power packs drew between 0.6 and 0.7 amps from the measuring socket at the beginning and only consumed 0.1 to 0.2 amps in the last third of the time. With the Xiaomi, it was even the last three hours that dragged the charging process so long.
It’s a shame that the battery cannot be replaced on any of the scooters. On the one hand, this would have the charm that the entire scooter would not be ready for scrap with old-age battery cells; on the other hand, you wouldn’t have to take the dirty scooter with you into the apartment to charge and could conveniently just carry the battery into the attic apartment. The performance of the scooters was nevertheless remarkable – even if not always positive.
Conclusion range and charging: The Xiaomi M365 wins the battery and range chapter with 8 out of 15 points, with only the topic of charging time preventing a better value. If the Chinese had given him a stronger charger, more would have been possible. The Ninebot ES2 lands one point behind and with 6.3 points, the Moovi is in last place thanks to its short range of just under 11 kilometers and a long charging time of 3:45 hours. We expected more from the most expensive scooter in the field.
Suitability for everyday use
The Xiaomi is the quickest to fold, but the Moovi is the most compact – and the lightest.
Before we get to the hard test facts, we ask a fundamental question: Are these things even useful in everyday life? In our test, the scooters can score a maximum of 15 out of a total of 100 points for this chapter. It’s about handiness, weight and ergonomics.
We could be on the verge of establishing a new sport in everyday urban life: climbing stairs with a scooter – carried, not driven. A bit annoying, but good for the leg muscles. The Moovi benefits from its low weight of only around ten kilos. The Ninebot ES2 is our heaviest chunk at 12.5 kilos, the Xiaomi is slightly lighter at 12.2 kilos. In all cases, the weight class is still acceptable, but the Ninebot is easier to carry than the Xiaomi because its battery is in the handlebars. In driving mode, however, this is more of a disadvantage, as the battery in the Xiaomi’s step ensures better balance.
Speaking of folding: We succeeded the fastest with the Xiaomi (5.85 seconds), but the Moovi in its most compact form is a bit more manageable after 7.1 seconds because the handles can also be angled. You fold the ES2 two tenths faster. If you want to transport your e-scooter in the trunk of your car, the Moovi is best thanks to its manageable dimensions (96 cm X 16 cm X 30 cm).
Ergonomics and gimmicks
What can be dangerous when driving are the open lines on the handlebar of the Xiaomi. Here you can quickly get stuck and land on your nose. Exposed cables can also be seen on the Moovi, but the loops are not that big. Only the Ninebot hides everything inside the case.
In diplomatic terms, Xiaomi’s scooter is designed to be the most efficient. In other words: There are no gimmicks, this is just about driving. Whereby: An app can be installed on the smartphone with which, for example, an immobilizer can be activated. If the scooter is then moved, it blocks and a warning appears on the smartphone. The Segway works according to the same model, with Moovi you prefer to play it safe. The scooter can be easily secured with a bicycle lock on an eyelet at the bottom of the handlebar.
The playful child among the opponents is clearly the Ninebot – above all because of its underfloor lighting, which can be continuously adjusted via the app. It can even blink red and blue, like the siren of a US patrol car. The display on the scooter shows the charge status and speed. In addition, the power can be regulated in three stages. Depending on whether you switch to Eco, Standard or Sport, it goes ahead at full speed or at a reduced speed. All three have different speed levels, but the Xiaomi does not have a display and only shows the charge status of the battery via four LED dots. The Moovi has an on-board computer that is reminiscent of a bicycle speedometer. Here the driver reads the mileage, battery level and speed.
Conclusion for everyday usability: In total, the Moovi can score the most points with 9.6 out of 15 points. The Ninebot ES2 ranks behind with 9.4 points. The reduced Xiaomi lands in last place with 6.5 points.
Bigger wheels help with cornering stability. There is less trust in the small roles of Moovi.
There are clear differences in the processing, although it is not the case that one of the scooters is in danger of falling apart. The lightweight scooter Moovi could most likely provoke this impression, which is why it only scores 4.5 out of 10 points in this rating. There is an audible rattle when driving, which is also due to the fact that the height of the handlebars can be adjusted, like on a fitness machine – three holes for different levels, which are then fixed with metal rivets. This system allows more play between the components than with the other models.
The Xiaomi looks more stable and receives 6.5 points for it. The construction makes a stable and durable impression, but the welds between the handlebar and the running board are not really nice. In addition, as mentioned, the lines protrude far from the construction, which makes the scooter look a bit small. That is why the Ninebot can also win this rating with 7.5 points, because the workmanship is great and the e-scooter looks like it is made of one piece. The satined surface of the metal feels good, only the rubber coating of the footboard will probably not be made to last.
Measured values for e-scooters
|Readings||Xiaomi M365||Segway Ninebot ES2||Moovi|
|Acceleration 0 – 20 km / h||9.2 s||7.4 s||7.6 s|
|Elasticity 10-20 km / h||5.7 s||4.8 s||5.5 s|
|Top speed||24 km / h||22 km / h||21.5 km / h|
|Handling course (around 100 meters)||19.492 s||19,928 s||21.97 s|
|Braking distance from 20 km / h||3.89 m||4.84 m||5.64 m|
|Range||27.29 km||15.92 km||10.96 km|
|Loading time||7:05 h||4:30 h||3:45 h|
|Suitability for everyday use|
|Collapsed in …||5.85 s||6.97 s||7.1 s|
|Weight||12.2 kg||12.5 kg||10.1 kg|
|Xiaomi M365||Segway Ninebot ES2||Moovi|
|Driving behavior * (max. 35 points)||23.5 points||24.3 35 points||17.1 points|
|Security * (max. 25 points)||14.3 points||10.5 points||5 points|
|Battery * (max. 15 points)||8 points||7 points||6.3 points|
|Suitability for everyday use * (max. 15 points)||9.1 points||9.4 points||9.6 points|
|Processing * (max. 10 points)||6.5 points||7.5 points||4.5 points|
|total score||61.4 points||58.7 points||42.5 points|
Technical data (manufacturer information) e-scooter
|Xiaomi M365||Segway Ninebot ES2||Moovi|
|Motor type, position and power||Wheel hub motor in the front wheel, 250 watts||Wheel hub motor in the front wheel, 300 watts||Wheel hub motor in the rear wheel, 150 watts|
|Brake design||front recuperation; rear disc brake – via hand lever||front recuperation; rear fender brake||unbraked at the front; rear recuperation and fender brake|
|landing gear||without suspension||Front suspension strut integrated in the steering column; Single spring strut with adjustable preload at the rear||Front suspension strut integrated in the steering column|
|Tires and wheels||Tire; 8.5 inches front and back||Solid rubber tires; 7.9 inches at the front, 7.6 inches at the back||Solid rubber tires; 5.7 inches front and back|
|lighting||LED front and rear, including brake light||LED front and rear, including brake light||LED front and rear|
|Battery type||Lithium ions||Lithium ions||Lithium ions|
|Battery capacity and voltage||Capacity: 280 Wh; Voltage: 36V||Capacity: 187 Wh; Voltage: 42V||Capacity: 149.6 Wh; Voltage: 36V|
|Payload||100 kg||100 kg||100 kg|
|Purchase price||499 euros||539 euros||599 euros|
The legal situation
Our three test candidates (from left to right): Segway Ninebot ES2, Moovi E-Scooter and Xiaomi Mi M365.
Is the e-scooter I have already purchased eligible for approval? In short: no, most likely not. In order to be legally on the move with an e-scooter, you need liability insurance. The insurance sticker (costs: around 30 euros per year) is only available if the e-scooter has a type approval. Proof of this is provided by the type plate on which the vehicle type “Small electric vehicle” and the vehicle identification number. The insurance company can use this number to check whether the e-scooter meets the legal requirements.
Since the type approval process via the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) is relatively complex and costs the manufacturer a noticeable sum, we assume that there will be no recalls and approval processes for e-scooters that have already been delivered. Even if an electric scooter that has already been purchased exactly meets the requirements of the new small electric vehicle regulation, the manufacturer would have to recall the e-scooter in order to subsequently attach the type plate including the vehicle identification number. With IO Hawk, we are currently only aware of one manufacturer who has promised buyers in the past to take back the scooters and adapt them so that they are eligible, which can be paid for in advance with around 180 euros extra. After all: Moovi offers an exchange campaign for devices that have already been purchased, which are then replaced by a model that complies with the approval – but not for free, but with a discount of 450 euros. The Moovi then costs 349 instead of 799 euros. Pleasing: The revised version comes with a drum brake on the front wheel, which certainly improves the braking distance.
Approval for tested e-scooters?
The e-scooters tested by us will most likely not receive approval afterwards, but the values determined are still comparable with the future legal (almost identical) models. The differences will be minimal. The Xiaomi, for example, will throttle to 20 km / h, Segway and Moovi need a bell in addition to better braking performance.
Our advice: Just wait a few more weeks until the type approval process at the KBA has been completed and you can be sure that your desired model is eligible for approval. Because from June 15th it will be very easy to control who is legally traveling and who is not – shield or not shield, that is the answer.
E-scooter purchase overview
|XIAOMI MI M365||Continue to the shop|
|NINEBOT ES2||Go to Amazon|
|MOOVI||Go to Amazon|
The favorites of the testers
Tyson Jopson / ams
The testers have a clear favorite with the Segway. Depending on the use and priority, the purchase decision can also be completely different.
Patrick Lang: “For me, the range is crucial because I don’t feel like plugging the scooter on all the time. That’s why my favorite is the Xiaomi, also because I like its reduced design. The fact that it doesn’t have a display doesn’t bother me because it fits into the consistent concept.”
Luca Light: “As is well known, range is the trump card for e-mobiles. The Moovi is therefore clearly out. In the end, however, I would choose the ES2, maybe even with an additional battery. On the one hand, because I like the concept better with the suspension, which at least works on the rear wheel. On the other hand, because I find the idea of the replacement battery charming. For me, however, the Ninebot stands out from the Xiaomi because it has a cockpit that lights up more than four LEDs and shows the speed without having to pick up my smartphone.”
Christian Becker: “My favorite is the Segway Ninebot. He convinces me with his driving behavior and good workmanship. The weight is also still within the frame and it can be easily carried when folded. The app gadgets are nice, but I don’t really need them now. And I just like it.”
Philipp Heise: “My favorite is the ES2 from Ninebot / Segway. It is relatively handy and its greatest weight, i.e. the battery, is built into the handlebar so that it is easy to carry. Further arguments for my choice are the adjustable chassis and the many contemporary app and light functions. And last but not least, I think that the recuperation brake is often sufficient with anticipatory driving style.”
Dina Dervisevic: “My favorite is actually the Moovi, which in my eyes is the only one with a small pack size and ten kilos “Last mile”-Concept pervades. At least it takes up space in the trunk, on the S-Bahn or at home and a range of just under 11 km is enough for me.”
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