How it started

One day inventor Dean Kamen saw a young man in a wheelchair struggling to get over a sidewalk.

He realized that the problem wasn’t an ineffective wheelchair, it was that the world was built for people who could balance. Subsequently he and his team created the Independence IBOT™ Mobility System, a self-balancing mobility device that enables users to climb stairs and negotiate uneven surfaces. After that, the thought arose that a balance machine had far-reaching possibilities for people with full mobility as well.

Our inspiration for the name Segway came from the word segue, which is defined as “to transition smoothly from one state to another”. Segway transforms a person into an empowered pedestrian, allowing him/her to go farther, move more quickly and carry more.

How dynamic stabilization works

If you stand up and lean forward, you won’t fall on your face just like that.

Your brain knows you are out of balance, because fluid in your inner ear shifts. It triggers you to put your leg forward and stop a possible fall.

Segway does pretty much the same thing, except that our vehicles have wheels instead of legs, a motor instead of muscles, a collection of microprocessors instead of a brain and a set of sophisticated tilt sensors and gyroscopic sensors instead of an inner-ear balancing system. Like your brain, a Segway knows when you are leaning forward. To maintain balance, it turns the wheels at just the right speed and you’ll move forward.

Keep it green

As a leader in two-wheeled electric mobility, it’s always been Segway’s vision to produce environmentally friendly short-distance transportation alternatives.

Today, more and more people are using Segway products as an eco-friendly alternative for many of the short journeys that are typically made by car. Besides that, zero-emissions are given off during operation, allowing you to ride your vehicle indoors as well.

The story of Ninebot

Ninebot is a privately held company headquartered in Beijing, China.

In 2015 Ninebot strategically merged with Segway, headquartered in Bedford, US. The combined company focuses on the research and development, design, manufacturing, distribution and sales of short-distance transportation products. The combined company has strategic headquarters in the US, The Netherlands and Beijing as well as manufacturing centers in the US and China. Segway and Ninebot are devoted to seamlessly connect robotic solutions to smart phones and integrate existing technologies and future concepts, such as voice interaction and facial recognition with its robotic products – products that will be highly interactive and encourage smarter living.

About the Distributor – EVO Motors:

EVO Motors has been operating in the leisure and commercial small-vehicle industry in sub-Saharan Africa for the last fourteen years. In 2004 founder Jonathan Cohen, saw a gap in the market and brought Segway Private Transporters to South Africa, followed soon after by Marshall Golf Carts and CF Moto ATV’s (All Terrain Vehicles) in both the leisure and commercial sectors.

With sustainability being one of our driving values, we decided to close the service gap and offer a 360˚ solution to our clients. We offer services and repairs on all makes of Golf Carts, ATV’s and Segways using top-quality, industry-standard parts. We have service centers in all major cities across South Africa but we also offer a mobile service center so your personal cart or fleet can be serviced on-site.

What EVO Motors offers

  • Services and repairs on all Golf Carts, ATvs (quadbikes), and Segways
  • Fully stocked warehouse – with top-quality, industry-standard parts
  • Maintenance contracts
  • Battery Maintenance contracts
  • Refurbishments
  • Mobile service center (For onsite servicing)