Since Segway-Ninebot unveiled its AI-powered S90L e-scooter back at Micromobility Europe in 2022, the global micromobility solution provider continues to explore how to make its vehicles fit the changing needs of operators and cities alike.
In the current shared micromobility landscape, operators are prioritising unit economics over rapid expansion to ensure long-term profitability.
With the continuous growth of fleet sizes, even minor modifications to vehicle hardware can significantly impact an operator’s financial performance. To successfully navigate this dynamic environment requires operators to carefully balance fleet expansion with optimising unit economics.
Responding to these demands, Segway has introduced the Lite L60E as its latest vehicle model that will be on display at Micromobility Industries flagship European summit in Amsterdam next week.
“Designed with a focus not only on operators’ unit economics but also on the experience for riders and citizens on the streets, we are leveraging our engineering and extensive sharing business expertise to empower operators with the Segway Lite L60E,” Yao Yao, Strategic Product Manager at Segway, told Zag Daily.
“This innovative vehicle is aimed at optimising unit economics, prioritising road safety, and enhancing the overall riding experience.”
How to achieve higher operational efficiency
Powered by a new 48V 576Wh battery, the L60E can travel 30% further on a single charge with a range of 65km. The longer range enhances the rider experience, and reduces the frequency of battery swaps, helping operators save on the management time and costs of charging and changing them.
It also leverages onboard data storage, dual-band GNSS and multi-constellation tech, that integrates into a new generation of IoT, to achieve high precision positioning. This means operations teams can easily, efficiently and accurately locate the vehicle in their daily management.
Additionally, the Lite comes with an improved CAN bus communication that transfers data up to eight times faster than UART communication, and optimises the main control bus cable from 8pin to 5pin for simple operation management and easy repair processes.
New features developed with safety in mind
Segway said the vehicle’s safety features start with its frame strength.
According to the provider, the new frame has passed a series of rigorous tests to ensure the highest level of quality and safety. The frame underwent a vibration test carried out one million times to protect it from hostile and highly pressured operating conditions. A 96-hour salt spray test was also successfully passed by applying electrophoresis and powder coating processes to the surface of the vehicle. These tests extend the vehicle’s lifetime and the need to repair or change parts, thereby reducing the time and costs of fleet upkeep.
Coupled with this is its 7,000 series aluminium stem, which has been subjected to a thrust force of 600N over 300,000 times to help ensure safety and durability.
Furthermore, L60E includes a new dual-housing battery platform that provides protection against collisions or accidental drops, and is quieter and more powerful than previous models. It has a higher voltage (48V) and optimised field-oriented control (FOC) system, enabling more linear accelerations.
Built for user experience
To improve rider experience and safety, the Lite has gained a 30% wider foot pad with a width of 240mm, as well as a more intuitive dashboard that displays only crucial information. New zone indicators help riders recognise whether they are in slow riding, no-parking or no-riding zones.
Some existing features from the Max series have been retained. These are its front dual suspension system, front 11.5” and rear 10.5” PU-filled tires, a high-powered 400W motor that boosts gradability up to 14%, and new generation IoT for improved positioning and location accuracy.
More customisable solutions
The new e-scooter has many customisable options to meet the different country/city requirements and regulations and help operators reduce costs according to their deployment plan.
Fleet owners can select from two versions (EU and KC) and three vehicle solutions – Lite L60E, Lite L60L, and Lite L60X.
Different types of dashboards are available depending on the situation and operator’s needs.