Thu. Dec 1st, 2022
Ninebot by Segway D18E review: an electric scooter for short trips

Presented a few weeks ago, Ninebot’s new range of electric scooters is now available in France. We were able to test the D18E, an entry level that looks interesting.

Ninebot is a Chinese brand specialized in urban mobility, and that bought Segway a few years ago, hence the name that includes Ninebot by Segway. In addition, it counts Xiaomi among its shareholders and it is even Ninebot that produces its scooters, hence the many similarities between the different models.

Segway Ninebot D18E at the best price
Base price: €359

A few years after its ES1 and ES2, Ninebot returns to the very competitive electric scooter market with no less than 3 new models in a range called the D Series (D18E, D28E and D38E). The model that we were able to test is the D18E, an entry-level electric scooter that is sold for around 350 euros.

Elegant design, clean finish

Offering a very different design to previous models (ES2/ES2), the D18E stays pretty close to what Xiaomi is offering with its latest Mi Electric Scooter. Coated in red and black, this electric scooter has a more colorful tubular design, quite nice, with a large platform (45 x 17 cm) and 10-inch wheels. The finish is pretty clean overall, which is a nice surprise.

The Ninebot D18E is equipped with fenders, including one at the rear that is particularly well fixed, front and rear LED lighting, as well as reflectors. Note that it is also IPX5 certified so you can drive in rainy weather without worry.

On the handlebar we find on the left the brake with a manual lever and no longer a trigger as in the previous models of the brand, as well as the mechanical bell. On the right, the quite responsive acceleration ring, and in the center a small screen identical to the one offered by Xiaomi. In the latter we find in particular the speed, the 3 driving modes or the battery level.

The steering column is fixed, it folds towards the deck thanks to a double safety mechanism that is simple and quick to operate. Note the small crutch at the bottom left along the platform.

When folded, the size is still quite large, and despite its lighter weight than some models, transporting it on public transport is not always easy. On the other hand, thanks to its 10-inch wheels, you can finally roll upright on the front wheel to move it.

In addition, these 10-inch wheels are inflatable, which allows them to significantly absorb the roughness of the road since this model does not have a shock absorber. Similarly, you can inflate the tires more or less to improve ergonomics or speed depending on the routes you take. The size of these wheels also gives this scooter a good ride stability. However, changing tires in the event of a puncture is still quite tedious as with Xiaomi.

The Ninebot D18E incorporates a small 250 W motor powered by a 183 Wh (5000 mAh) battery that promises a maximum speed of 25 km/h and a range of 18 km, all for a weight of 14.82 kilograms.

Pleasant driving, less autonomy

If in France you cannot exceed 25 km/h in terms of speed on an electric scooter, it will still be difficult for you to go faster with this Ninebot D18E. In fact, while it’s nice to ride, this scooter pulls quite a bit with its little 250W motor! Ideal for beginners, riders used to scooters will have to turn to a more powerful model, the D38E for example, in order not to get too frustrated. Forget jittery times or overtaking accelerations, the D18E is quiet at 25 km/h, but it’s also quiet in the way it drives. Going up a small hill greater than 10% will also be a somewhat difficult test that will quickly push the limits of the latter.

After this disappointment, driving in the D18E is pleasant, very stable and, as expected, the ergonomics are quite similar to Xiaomi models. As always, you will need two or three steps to get it started and then the acceleration will do the rest, being quite silent, it will take several seconds to reach cruising speed (25 km/h). As already mentioned, the choice of 10-inch inflatable wheels is pleasant to use, especially in the absence of suspension, because it allows you to easily absorb the roughness of the road or even climb sidewalks or boats more easily.

As for the brakes, it works quite well too, but we noticed that Ninebot has used a rear drum brake on this scooter instead of a disc brake. At the front, we are entitled to a well-synchronized eABS brake with the one at the rear. If you launch at 25 km/h, you will need between 4 and 5 meters of braking distance depending on the surface you are driving on. Like Xiaomi, this scooter has a regenerative braking system that you can adjust through the mobile application.

Because yes, this D18E is connected through an application called Ninebot with classic features on the status of the scooter, some basic settings or even the mileage traveled and the current speed. Please note that when you unpack the scooter, you need to register it with the app before you can use it.

Finally, let’s talk about autonomy… And here too there is a little disappointment as it is advertised with 18 km of autonomy (which is not much anymore), we rarely exceed 15 km! And although the charging of this scooter is quite fast (3h30), it can quickly become a handicap if you want to chain several trips with a certain distance. We also regret that when there is about 25% autonomy left, the scooter travels at a reduced speed, between 15 and 20 km/h, impossible to go faster. So the D18E is really made for short trips or the famous last mile. Note that the charging port is located on the platform, at the level of the steering column, and is very practical.

So we buy?

Marketed at 359 euros, the Ninebot D18E is a good scooter with good finishes, a solid design and a pleasant ride. But decidedly aimed at beginners, it lacks a bit of fishing and its battery is not at the level of some competitors. For short trips, the Ninebot D18E does what it should with decent performance, but if you want to take it to the next level, check out the other versions offered by the Chinese manufacturer or its Xiaomi counterpart.

Segway Ninebot D18E at the best price
Base price: €359

This article was translated from this source written by Gregori Pujol

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