In September 2018, the whole PMD industry went into a standstill when it was announced that only UL2272 certified escooters can be ridden beyond end June 2020 in Singapore. As a result, many PMD riders started to wonder what they would have to do to adhere to the new law.
UL2272 certification – what is this?
UL2272 is a safety test done by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent American safety certification company. This is to ensure that the entire electrical system of a PMD is safe. UL2272 certified escooters are less likely to catch fire or explode, unlike other devices.
Unfortunately, the majority of electric scooter models sold in Singapore are not UL2272-certified. So far, the Segway-Ninebot ES2 is the only electric scooter model that is both UL2272-certified and LTA-approved.
What will happen to non UL2272 certified escooters?
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has given riders until end June 2020 to use their non UL2272-certified electric scooters. After that, all electric scooters that do not meet the fire safety standard must be thrown away. To sum up, by end June 2020 all electric scooters in Singapore have to be UL2272-certified.
Also, retailers can no longer sell you non UL2272 certified escooters after July 2019. They have to replace their non-certified stocks with UL2272-certified ones.
When buying an electric scooter, riders must now consider whether their purchase can last them beyond end June 2020. Currently, there’s only one e-scooter model that you can continue to use after end June 2020 and that’s the Segway-Ninebot ES2.
Let’s examine what this electric scooter has to offer:
1) UL2272 Certified Escooter
All aspects of the Segway-Ninebot ES2 has been tried and tested and assured safe. Unlike other electric scooters, it is at less risk of being a fire and electrical hazard.
The Segway-Ninebot ES2 electric scooter adheres to LTA’s criteria for PMDs. Its width is not more than 70cm, it doesn’t weigh more than 20kg and has a maximum speed of 25 km/h. As a result, the Segway-Ninebot ES2 will not be impounded by LTA when used in public.
3) Front and Rear Wheel Suspension
Even with solid tyres, riding the Segway-Ninebot ES2 will feel smooth because of the front and rear wheel suspension. It’s suitable for any minor rough terrains the city has to offer.
4) Built-in customisable lights
The Segway-Ninebot ES2 has a built-in front light for better visibility at night. There are also ambient lights attached to the bottom of the electric scooter. You can customise these LED lights through your Segway-Ninebot App to really make it your own.
5) Foldable and portable
The Segway-Ninebot ES2 can be conveniently folded and pushed when you decide to walk. It can even be brought in the MRT or bus, a perfect way to start and end your commute without breaking a sweat.
6) Can act as a kick scooter
With a flat battery, a typical electric scooter becomes dead weight. But, not the ES2! When it’s switched off, you can use the ES2 as a kick scooter. Simply kick to propel yourself forward and step on the rear brakes to stop.
7) Multi-speed functions
The ES2 has three different speed modes to ensure you have a safer commute. They are speed limit mode, standard mode and sports mode.
The speed limit mode prevents you from exceeding the speed limit you set on your Segway-Ninebot app—perfect for when you’re in a crowded area.
Note: the speed limit for PMDs on pavements and footpaths is now 10 km/h.
The sports mode allows you to go at the ES2’s maximum speed of 25 km/h with even faster acceleration. It is perfect for when you’re cruising in an open area.
Update as of 21 October 2019: All electric scooters sold in Singapore now must be UL2272-certified and LTA approved. Buy the ES2 from Mighty Velo for an affordable electric scooter with UL2272 certification and a 12-month warranty. All non-UL2772 scooters have to be disposed of by end June 2020. There is now a $100 early disposal incentive if you dispose your non-UL2272 certified and registered scooter by November 2019. You can also dispose non-UL2272 certified and non-registered electric scooters for free at 180 LTA locations. More details can be found online at www.onemotoring.com.sg. Retailers in Singapore are now no longer allowed to sell non-UL2272 certified electric scooters and PMDs. You can register only non UL2272-certified escooters online at www.onemotoring.com.sg and you can order the LTA registration sticker at www.OhMyBike.com.