New specialist Segway models with more power, options and off-road abilities
By Mike Hanlon
March 4, 2005
Segway's 2005 product line will feature three new models and lithium-ion batteries that double the range of the Human Transporter (HT). The line includes the new Segway HT i180 in Midnight Blue, Midnight Blue/Solar Yellow and Midnight Blue/Sport Red color combinations; the Segway Cross-Terrain Transporter (XT) and the Segway Golf Transporter (GT).
"We are proud to introduce such a robust product line in 2005. We're giving our customers what they've been asking for: more range, more customization options and more riding opportunities," said Klee Kleber, Segway LLC's vice president of marketing. "The new colorful i180 models are the most striking Segway HTs we've ever released - and they're available with batteries that deliver incredible range. The Segway XT and Segway GT will enable riders to enjoy the outdoors like never before."
"The original Segway HT product line has established itself as being technologically innovative, as well as amazingly reliable and useful," said Doug Field, Segway LLC's vice president of design and engineering. "We are very proud of the Segway HT's track record of customer satisfaction. Our new products build on this reputation, with range improvements, new riding opportunities and bold new designs."
Now, the Segway HT is twice as attractive. Segway LLC worked with Valence Technology, Inc. to develop Saphion lithium-ion batteries for the Segway HT i180, Segway XT and Segway GT. The new batteries are available on each of these models and deliver an impressive range of up to 24 miles on a single charge depending on terrain, riding style and payload. Saphion lithium-ion batteries are very low-maintenance, have a long service life and can operate at battery temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
The i180 models will be available in April 2005 with Saphion lithium-ion batteries for the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of US$4,995 or with nickel-metal hydride batteries for US$4,495. In addition, the new lithium-ion batteries will be sold separately for use on all previously released i Series models after a quick software update at an Authorized Segway Dealership or from Segway LLC. The lithium-ion batteries will be available as an accessory in early summer of 2005 for the MSRP of US$1,395.
The i180 models feature more exciting color combinations and design, and allow owners to easily customize the look of their Segway HT. The Segway HT i180 is available in Midnight Blue, Midnight Blue/Solar Yellow and Midnight Blue/Sport Red color combinations. These new models feature newly designed fenders and wheels, as well as coordinating accents of color on the control shaft, handlebars and front logo marks.
Moveable silver splashguards on the fenders allow the rider to easily customize the look of the Segway HT. Position them toward the front of the fenders for a more aggressive look; move them to the rear for maximum spray protection; or, remove them completely for a sleek, minimalist look.
The i180 is the first Segway HT to roll on newly designed black wheels that come standard with contrasting silver inserts. Five inserts are designed to fit into slots within the wheel; with one slot marked with a subtle notch to identify the location of the air valve hidden beneath.
For further customization, additional splashguards and wheel inserts are available from Authorized Segway Dealerships or Segway LLC's online accessory store at http://shop.segway.com/. Splashguards and wheel inserts are currently available in red, yellow, and silver.
Today Segway LLC also released the Segway XT and Segway GT models. The Segway XT is designed for smooth, stable riding in a wide variety of off-pavement environments. It features lithium-ion batteries, larger tires and sturdy fender frames and fenders to protect the rider from debris. The Segway GT is perfect for the avid golfer who's looking to speed up his or her game. It features a golf bag carrier, enhanced traction tires, lithium-ion batteries and a unique standby key that enables the unit to stay powered on as the rider makes his or her shot.
"With the introduction of the Segway XT we can bring the proven technology of dynamic stabilization to remote, off-pavement environments without the noise and pollution inherent in many other products," Kleber said. "Extended range batteries also enable the golf enthusiast to cruise the turf on a Segway GT with confidence."
The Segway HT i180 models and other Segway products can be purchased at one of the 80 Authorized Segway Dealerships in the U.S. and Canada or by calling Segway LLC direct at 866-4SEGWAY. Select Segway products can also be purchased through international distributors and Amazon.com.
Segway's Project Centaur was not amongst the announcements but the company cannot possibly ignore the massive international interest in the machine - the Segway Centaur story on Gizmag has been read more than 100,000 times.
To find the nearest location to buy Segway products, visit www.segway.com.