Electric Vehicle Showdown: URB-E vs Segway miniPROTwo very popular solutions to getting around the city without wasting gas are the URB-E and the Segway miniPRO. They’re each fully electric, have two wheels, and can be bought on Amazon. Their similarities end there. Read on to see how the URB-E and the Segway miniPRO compare!
Build QualityThe URB-E Electric Scooter is built in America using carbon fiber and aircraft-grade aluminum. Each URB-E goes through a rigorous 45-point inspection before becoming available to users, and is signed off by a member of our production line. The URB-E weighs 35 pounds, and folds to comfortably lift and carry if you are getting in a car or down the stairs. The Segway miniPRO uses aircraft-grade magnesium alloy. The FAA says “If weight is of primary importance, magnesium alloy is used because it is lighter than aluminum alloy. However, aluminum alloy is frequently used because it is stronger than most magnesium alloys.” Segway is now owned by Chinese company Ninebot, who does not elaborate on where their vehicle is built.
Winner: the American-Made URB-E
Speed & RangeThe URB-E Electric Scooter has a top speed of 15 MPH, and can go 20 miles on a single charge. 2 miles on the URB-E will take up 8 minutes. Built as a solution to last-mile problems, the URB-E is more than capable of getting people quickly to and from their destinations for a full day. The Segway miniPRO has a top speed of 10 MPH, which is limited to 6 MPH for your first half mile. 2 miles will take you 14 minutes. The range of the Segway miniPRO is about 14 miles on a charge.
Winner: the URB-E
ReliabilityEach URB-E is hand-built in Pasadena, and you can call us or visit us at our headquarters if there is ever a problem with your URB-E. The URB-E also features run-flat tires, so after purchase you will not need to worry about your tires until you wear them out. The Segway miniPRO uses pneumatic tires that need to maintain 45 PSI. When PC Magazine was reviewing the Segway miniPRO and wanted to call support they wrote:
“While one of Segway's big selling points is a major US office and customer support staff, calling in the middle of the day on Wednesday, August 3, all I got was a voicemail message that the company was closed "for the holiday." I left a message and still haven't been called back. According to Wikipedia, there is no holiday anywhere in North America on August 3.