A sad day for all Segway fans around the world
The Segway brand will no longer make its two-wheeled, Segway X2 I2 from the 15th of July 2020
” Over the past three years, sales were flat on Segway PTs, dropping from 5% of Segway/Ninebot’s revenue to a mere 1.5%
The Segway never sold millions of units, or even hundreds of thousands of units. Kamen sold the company in 2009, which was sold again, to the Chinese mobility company Ninebot, in 2015. And while the Segway didn’t become the democratic urban mobility machine that Kamen had teased, it did find a foothold in security and tourism. Yes,Paul Blart: Mall Cop and those Segway tours you’ve seen in cities around the world really were the key components of Segway’s business.
Now, less than 20 years after the first Segway’s release, Fast Company has learned that the Segway brand will retire the last Segway as we know it, the Segway PT. Manufacturing at the Bedford, New Hampshire, plant will stop July 15. A total of 21 employees will be laid off as a result, while 12 will stay on temporarily to handle various matters, including warranties and repairs on the Segways that have already been sold. Five employees working on Segway Discovery scooters will remain.
Read the full article on the fast company website Here
Sad times because the Segway was very much over engineered with all fully redundant systems and was very much focused on safety.
Article credit : Fast Company