The SuperScooter GT2 is a high-end electric scooter made by Segway with a price tag of $4,000, or a discounted price of $3,500 on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The GT2 has great performance and a lot of features, but is it worth the $4,000?
The Segway claims a range of 90 km or 56 miles. Huge numbers, but as with most range estimates provided by manufacturers. This is likely when using economy mode and riding at conservative speeds in near-ideal conditions.
The range results we got when driving in dynamic mode was 45 km or 28 miles. That’s about half of the Segway’s estimate, so keep in mind that range can vary greatly depending on a wide range of variables (human weight, air temperature, and average speed). This applies to all electric vehicles.
Our measured average driving speed was 49 km/h, or 30 mph. For most of the trip, the electric scooter drove at full throttle in Sport mode, which drains the battery considerably faster than a more sedate pace of riding.
The top speed indicated on the GT2’s speedometer was 69 kilometres an hour, or 43 miles an hour, which is which is in line with what the Segway claims. According to the Segway, the GT2 accelerates from 0 to 30 mph in 3.9 seconds. We haven’t measured it ourselves, but we can tell you that the acceleration at full throttle feels incredibly strong.
Massive-capacity Battery with Cooling System
The battery in this thing is 1,512 Watt. That’s more than twice the capacity of most electric scooters and skateboards.
To keep the battery cool when the motors are consuming maximum power, there’s a system that the Segway calls the HeatFlux Multi-layer Cooling System. As far as I can tell, it consists of vents in the front and rear of the deck that let air through some radiators or heat sinks to cool the battery cells.
Like other scooters with similar cooling systems, most of the air intake is right behind the front wheel. We imagine it can get clogged with dirt and soot over time, so you may want to brush it out from time to time.
A pair of 2 amp chargers are included to fully charge the battery. If you plug both chargers in, it will take about 8 hours to charge from zero to full charge. That time doubles to 16 hours if you only use one charger. It seems odd that it doesn’t come with one quick charger, apparently using two chargers at the same time is common for high-powered scooters.
Large Tubeless Tires for a Smooth Ride
The wheels on the GT2 are absolute chonkers and with them comes ride comfort, traction and safety. They are 11-inch tubeless all-season pneumatic tires with 3.6-inch (92mm) width and self-sealing function. For reference, most electric scooters come with 8- or 9-inch tires, so 11 inches is a lot.
To minimize the risk of punctures, the tires on the GT2 are pre-installed with a tread layer that seals any small punctures that might occur during a long ride. Such features are not immediately noticeable until you encounter a puncture, so it’s nice. that segway decided to include one.
The Powerful Dual 1500W Motors
Inside each wheel is a 1,500-watt motor that draws a peak power of 3,000 watts each. The segway claims that it can accelerate a rider from zero to 30 mph or 48 km/h in just under 4 seconds.
The GT2 has a traction control system that adjusts the torque of each motor to increase traction on slippery roads. Which is pretty rare in electric scooters with electronic traction control, it looks like segway has really thought about the safety of the GT2. Of course, if you want to do some donuts in the parking lot, just switch to race mode, which disables traction control.
Great Off-road Capability and a Real Comfortable Ride
The Segway SuperScooter GT Series features double wishbone suspension in the front and trailing arm suspension in the rear of the scooter for a safe ride. Both have 15 levels of adjustment for the hydraulic shock absorbers. To adjust them, there’s a little red knob that you turn. Adjustable damping is not only useful useful for more than just off-roading – if you adjust it to your weight and riding style can improve comfort and safety on conventional roads.
The GT2 has dual-piston hydraulic brakes with 140mm discs with regenerative braking on the rear wheel, which should further improve braking power with the added bonus of a little battery recharge while riding. As far as I can tell, they are also compatible with standard mountain bike brakes, so if you want to replace or upgrade any part of the braking system, it should be easy.
By twisting the shift knob, you can switch riding modes, which include walking, eco, sport and racing, as well as boost mode for speed lovers, which is activated by pushing the same knob.
The torque is already incredible even without using boost mode. The steering wheel is well designed and all buttons are within reach of your thumbs. The only slight note to the steering wheel is that there is no place to attach anything, such as a camera.
The PMOLED screen on the GT2 is transparent and easy to read even in bright sunlight, it looks pretty awesome and looks like a fighter jet display. The layout of the display is similar to what you would find on a car dashboard: speed, recording mode, battery percentage, etc.
Designed with safety in mind
Designed with safety in mind, the Segway SuperScooter GT Series is equipped with a mass of lights: main headlight, daytime running lights, front and rear turn signals, brake light and even party lights. The maximum headlight brightness is 900 lumens, which is enough for nighttime use, and the car’s high beam headlights start at about 1200 lumens.
The standing area is 69 by 24.5 centimeters, which is 27 by 9.5 inches. The surface is made of textured rubber, which is quite grippy and comfortable, it’s wide enough to stand sideways on it like a skateboard.
The long wheelbase of 114.5 cm or 45 inches and the relatively low height of 22 cm or 8.7 inches provide the necessary stability when riding at high speeds. The only real problem we encountered with the GT2 is its portability — it’s heavy, 53 kg or 117 pounds.
The portability of the GT2 is closer to the type of scooter you sit on rather than a traditional kick scooter, although it does fit in the back of an SUV. It wasn’t easy to place and take it out because of its weight, it’s definitely not something you want to do every day.
Even moving it up or down a couple steps was difficult, so this is something to consider if you have to deal with stairs. If you need a scooter that you can lift, the GT2 is not for you, you will definitely want to use a ramp or elevator.
There are also some interesting features such as sentinel mode, walking assistance, cruise control and NFC unlock. Sentinel mode is a kind of anti-theft mode for those times when you need to pop into a store for a minute or quickly rob a bank.
The scooter locks up by beeping loudly and freezes the engines if someone tries to move it without first unlocking it, and trust me, no one will want to pick it up and run away with it. It’s a feature I think all electric scooters, maybe even electric skateboards, should adopt.
The design style of the GT2 is a huge differentiator from other high-performance electric scooters. The cockpit layout, suspension design, air vents and even the mudguards are all very well thought out and polished.
This is one of the few scooters that looks great from afar and even better up close. The frame is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, which the Segway says can withstand a maximum rider weight of 150 pounds, or 330 pounds.
The length of warranty on the GT2 is different for each component. Some parts, such as hub motors, are warranted for two years, the battery is warranted for one year, and even consumable parts, such as tires and brake pads, are warranted for 30 days. Segway has authorized dealers and service centers all over the world, more than 30 of them in North America alone, you can find them on the Segway website.
Segway also sells replacement parts for those who want to service the scooter themselves. Many e-scooters in the high performance category can look and feel a little rough around the edges with a “function over form” design philosophy. There is definitely a market for enthusiasts looking for maximum performance for the dollar. But the GT2 seems to be trying to appeal to a different audience compared to other high-performance scooters in the 4000 area.
It doesn’t have the biggest battery or the highest top speed, but most of us don’t need that kind of performance. In any case, what the GT2 has to offer is a more holistic and well-rounded experience with all of its unique quality of life and safety features without sacrificing performance that most writers can reasonably appreciate.
The Super Scooter GT2 is a fast and powerful street cruiser, an everyday driver, more than powerful enough for weekend rides, and for some, probably the best scooter in this price range. So if you’re willing to shell out four thousand dollars for an electric scooter, the GT2 is worth considering.