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9 reasons to buy a Segway-Ninebot D18E or F25E electric scooter

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Be part of the future with the brilliant Segway-Ninebot D18E or F25E

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you can’t help but have noticed the surging popularity of electric scooters. Streamlined, speedy and fast to charge, electric scooters (or e-scooters, to give them their abbreviated name) could well be the future of transport in the UK, having already taken Europe by storm.

The Segway-Ninebot D18E and F25E scooters give you an exciting taste of that delicious future today, and do so with a little help from the brand’s decades of expertise and clever design. Priced at just £329 and £419 respectively from Currys, they’re fast, sturdy and stylish: pretty much everything you could possibly want from an e-scooter.

One word of warning: in the UK, e-scooters are not currently legal to drive on public land, such as roads and pavements. This looks likely to change in the near future, with the government opening up public trials in select regions of England back in 2020, and set to reach a decision on their public legality soon. Nonetheless, for now, they’re only permitted on private land with the landowner’s permission.

With that warning out of the way, this is why you should buy the Segway-Ninebot D18E or F25E and join the e-scooter revolution.

E-scooters are fast and fun

Regular scooters are fun: it’s just plain enjoyable to speed along on two wheels, feeling the wind in your hair and gracefully navigating corners. Put the ‘e’ in e-scooter with an electric motor and things get even more exciting.

Both the Segway-Ninebot D18E and F25E have a maximum speed of 15.5mph, which just so happens to be the same maximum speed as the scooters being tested in England’s rental trial.

These are from Segway – a brand with over 20 years of history in the space

Like Hoover and vacuum cleaners, or the Apple iPod and MP3 players, the name Segway is synonymous with the personal transportation solution of the same name.

And while the company no longer sells the original two-wheeler, all of that knowhow comes into the e-scooters from Segway-Ninebot. You can feel the 20 years of history in the way the Segway-Ninebot D18E and F25E handle and perform.

They charge as easily as your laptop

Unlike electric cars, there’s no need to install a specialist charging point for electric scooters. The Segway-Ninebot D18E and F25E both come with a regular three-pin plug, just like your laptop.

Just attach the charger to your standard wall socket and the battery will begin topping up, gliding from zero to 100% full in around three-and-a-half hours for the D18E, which has a 5,100mAh battery, and five hours for the F25E, which boasts a 7,650mAh battery capacity. The bigger the battery, the greater the maximum range, with the D18E offering a range of up to 11.2 miles, while the F25E with its bigger battery will go over a third further, up to 15.5 miles on a single charge.

They’re cheaper than you might think

While electric scooters aren’t exactly impulse purchases, they’re very competitive for what they offer.

The Segway-Ninebot D18E is £329, which makes it £120 less than the cheapest iPhone Apple will sell you. The Segway-Ninebot F25E, meanwhile, is a bit more at £419, but it’s still £30 cheaper than Apple’s entry-level iPhone.

If the law changes in the UK and you’re a regular commuter, often spending money on buses or petrol, you may well find your purchase pays for itself pretty quickly.

They’re easy to store

They’re pretty compact when out and about, but e-scooters like the Segway-Ninebot D18E  and F25E are even more compact when not in use.

The scooters can literally be folded up, meaning that they can be out of sight and out of mind while not in use.

They’re waterproof to IPX5 standards

Not all electric scooters offer waterproofing, and even those that do often advise against use in the rain. But both the Segway-Ninebot D18E and F25E can cope with a little rain without any issues whatsoever.

Built to IPX5 standards, they’re protected against low-pressure water streams from any angle. Just as long as you don’t submerge it in water (watch where you’re going!), you’ll have no problems at all.

They can handle all kinds of tricky terrains

Not only can it handle the rain, but both Segway-Ninebot e-scooters can also deal with tricky terrain.

Although built to offer a smooth ride on tarmac, the 10in tyres with inner tubes should be able to cope with more challenging surfaces without issue – which is more than can be said for cheaper models.

They offer a more sustainable future for transport

We all know the problem with petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles: the pollution, both in terms of carbon emissions and air quality. Although there’s no guarantee legalisation is coming to the UK, electric scooters have a far smaller carbon footprint once in use, offering emission-free travel.

A change in the law could mean that you’d be able to replace the short journeys you would once have done by car with an e-scooter, helping make transportation that bit more sustainable for everybody.

They’re wildly popular in Europe

You’ve probably seen quite a few e-scooters around, even though they’re not legal for public use yet. Their popularity will only move upwards if and when they’re legalised for all.

For a taste of this, just take a look at Europe, where they’re already becoming part of the local culture. They’re proving especially popular in Scandinavia: in Oslo, the Urban Environment Agency reported 25,000 e-scooters in use in summer 2021 – over 200 per 10,000 residents.

Buy the Segway-Ninebot D18E Electric Scooter – £329 from Currys

Buy the Segway-Ninebot F25E Electric Scooter – £419 from Currys

Please note: It is the responsibility of the user to comply with local and country laws. This product is to be used on private land only, with the land owner’s permission, and not on public highways. Always wear protective gear.

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