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Spike in demand for e-scooter model that meets new fire safety standard

Spike in demand for e-scooter model that meets new fire safety standard


SINGAPORE: Among the dozens of e-scooter models being sold in the Singapore market, only one is currently compliant with the new fire safety standards set by the Land Transport Authority - and its stocks are fast dwindling, according to some local retailers.

Demand for the Segway Ninebot ES2 has increased after the Government announced on Monday that all motorised personal mobility devices (PMDs) that are not UL2272 certified will be illegal by 2021.

The UL2272 standard was first published by US-based company Underwriters Laboratories for hoverboards in the US in November 2016, but its scope has since been extended to cover all types of motorised PMDs.

The Segway Ninebot ES2 is being sold by at least two major PMD retailers in Singapore - Falcon PEV and online retailer scootersg.

Scootersg said on Friday (Sep 14) that its current stock for the model is “temporarily out” and the company will need to make further enquiries to expedite incoming shipments.

Many customers have placed orders as it is “the only model in Singapore” that meets the UL2272 requirement, a scootersg salesperson told Channel NewsAsia.

Since the new regulation was announced on Monday, scootersg has boosted its marketing for the product, posting multiple posts on its website as well as popular online marketplace Carousell, indicating prominently that the model is UL2272 certified.



Carousell ad UL2272 compliant scooter
Screenshot of a Carousell posting by scootersg for the Segway Ninebot ES2 model. 


Scootersg is currently selling the model at S$799. Other independent sellers have posted about the same scooter as well.


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