UPDATE [6 Aug 2019]: The PMD safety certification deadline has been moved forward to July 2020. All non-UL2272 certified devices will be auto-deregistered and cannot be used in public after end June 2020. Users can continue to ride only UL2272-certified escooters beyond the end June 2020 deadline.
Dear all PMD users in Singapore: you might be aware that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) recently released the details to e-scooter registration.
Moreover, this announcement contains a list of UL2272-certified escooters for the public to consider buying.
Out of the thirteen e-scooters on the list, ten are now disqualified due to various reasons we explored in part 1 of this series.
Let’s take a closer look at the three PMD models left:
- the Xiaomi Mijia M365
- Segway-Ninebot ES1
- Segway-Ninebot ES2
Xiaomi Mijia M365
At first glance, the Xiaomi Mijia M365 e-scooter is available in Singapore as individual sellers are advertising it on local platforms like Lazada and Qoo10. However, the truth is it is not that simple.
We contacted the customer support of Xiaomi Singapore and found that they are not selling the M365 PMD. The staff also told us they are unsure of any future sale dates for it:
We also reached out to the individual sellers and found they either don't sell the e-scooter, or doesn’t have the certification in the first place:
Segway-Ninebot ES1 vs. Segway-Ninebot ES2 - what’s the difference?
To no one’s surprise, both the ES1 and ES2 UL2272-certified escooters are designed and produced by Segway-Ninebot, one of the leading e-scooter manufacturer and distributor in the world.
Both of these e-scooter models are UL2272-certified and LTA-approved (they weigh below 20 kg, are no wider than 70 cm and have a maximum speed of 25 km/h and below).
However, there are differences that set the ES1 and ES2 apart:
Amount and placement of lights are starkly different
The ES1 is equipped with a single white light on the front of the e-scooter. Conversely, the ES2 has a front white light, a back tail light and running lights under its footpad.
If you like to ride your e-scooter at night, you’ll love the ES2. Not only are the running lights customisable through your Segway-Ninebot app, more importantly, you don’t have to spend money to install additional lights on the ES1 should you want to ride it in the nighttime.
Fun fact: In Singapore, all e-scooter riders and cyclists have to switch on a front white light and a rear red light when they’re riding at night.
Different travel speed
You can ride the ES1 up to a maximum speed of 20 km/h. On the other hand, the ES2 gives you an added boost of speed - up to 25 km/h. 5 km/h may seem like a small amount, but a little does go a long way.
Difference in shock absorption on the PMD wheels
If you frequently have to ride on rocky pathways, we suggest you choose the Segway-Ninebot ES2 over the ES1 as its front and back wheels are both padded with shock-absorbing materials. On the other hand, the ES1 only has this shock absorption feature on its front wheel.
You might have guessed...
The ES1 is an older pmd model which has since been phased out by Segway-Ninebot ever since the ES2 was manufactured.
A word of caution: before you buy, always check that the undercarriage of the e-scooter carries one of the official UL logos approved by LTA. This is the surefire way to confirm whether an e-scooter is UL2272-certified or not.
Refer to this list of logos when you shop for your next e-scooter:
Not all ES2 e-scooter models in Singapore are UL2272-certified. There are several ES2s that are being retailed in the market without the certification.
If you’re looking for a legitimate source to buy a certified scooter from, come visit us at 259 Lavender Street. We’re the Official Distributor & Repair Centre of Segway-Ninebot so you can get after sales services and a free one-year warranty on your ES2 frame.
In fact, we have ready stocks of the ES2 for you to test ride and buy straightaway. You don’t have to preorder at all.
Or you could purchase from us online at www.OhMyBike.com. Get it now!