While at CES this year, Segway revealed a pair of electric scooters, then they teased something a bit more grown up—an electric motorcycle concept called the Segway Apex. The announcement comes as part of Segway’s move into electric power sports.
The Apex follows up on Segway’s electric dirt bike announced back in November of 2019. Since then, the Segway Dirt eBike has logged hundreds of pre-orders. It looks like the seated electric scooters, the Ninebot eMoped and the Ninebot eSchooter, will follow suit as well. Segway showed the next step in a video pitting the Apex against a race track. The video shows the bike with a large diameter motor in the mid-frame. The video also shows the cockpit, which may still have a ways to go. Outside of that, there’s not much else revealed in the video. In fact, even the sound of the engine could be just an editorial addition to the video. The bike does look like it is belt driven, and there is no left clutch shifter and no gear shifter, suggesting that the bike may be a single speed transmission. It’s also fairly apparent that the driver isn’t pushing the bike too hard, and critics are making plenty of noise about that (especially the 81km/h speed shown on the speedometer at one point). That being said, it helps to remember that this bike is still in the conceptual stage and improvements are bound to come. According to a report in Asphalt & Rubber, the Segway Apex can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds, and then top out at 125 miles per hour. Whether that holds true or not remains to be seen.
Segway is continuing its expansion beyond the standing personal transport that it has always been known for. It’s good to see the company checking into other opportunities, and to see them coming up with some sound ideas.