Adding a little color

May 5th, 2008

In case you missed it, last week we launched the i2 in Metallic Sage. It’s a painted option for the i2 line supplementing the Gloss White and Anodized Black offerings.

Color on the Segway PT is concentrated to some of the most visually impactful elements of the machine; the LeanSteer frame and the center console cover. Check out the differences in color in this photo:

Color console covers

We appreciate the many praises about the new color and hope you get a chance to check it out in person at a local dealer soon.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Segway Social’s Green Calculator

April 28th, 2008

In our continuing series of posts about Segway Social, today we’ll take a look at the calculator.

It’s been one of the most popular areas on Segway Social and helps you understand the tangible difference between using a car and a Segway PT.

Using the calculator isn’t rocket science. The calculations behind it come closer, but all it really does is bring to life some of the findings in our white paper and data from governmental organizations.

Here’s the green calculator:

Green Calculator Screen 1

To get some results, we need a place to start. Enter info in the three fields about distance traveled per day, the gas mileage you get in your car, and the current price of gas. You can change the units of measurement to make it work for your local geography.

Green Calculator 2

Click calculate and you get this:

Green Calculator 3

We’ll be making some improvements here based on user feedback.

Specifically:

  • Unit measurements in liters per 100km for our international friends
  • Running tally of the cumulative miles you’ve ridden on your Segway PT

Today we won’t change a thing

April 22nd, 2008

Earth Day Ultimate Glide

So it has arrived; Earth Day 2008. With all the glitz and glamor in every shade of green hitting you from left, right and upside the head, we’ve decided to take a more prudent approach. So instead of spending (read: wasting) lots of money on advertisements that gloat about our commitment to the environment, we’re simply going to focus our efforts on continuing to build a product that’s 11 times more efficient than the average American car.

As you can imagine, we consume a lot of media coverage about what other companies are doing to get friendly with the environment. Most of it is unexciting. A significant amount of it is controversial. Plenty of it is plainly unauthentic.

Our corporate mission is clear: to be the leader in green, personal transportation. It’s a hotly debated statement, just like the challenging proposition of what we do. Still, we feel that the Segway PT deserves another look if you haven’t considered it lately – if not for us, for your Mother.

With that, consider this stat from Sunday’s New York Times (Week In Review; page 4):

For every American who bikes to work, 5 commuters walk to work, 9 take public transport, 154 drive alone to work, 21 ride in car pools.

Even if we bring that number of people who drive to work alone to work each day down to 150, we’ll be making significant progress on reducing our dependency on oil.

So if you’re bored at work today and looking to dive into a little light reading, check out our white paper on efficiency. Not looking for that level of detail? Check out this spread that helps simplify it all. Or, head on over to Segway Social to calculate how much carbon and money you’d save by switching your commute from car to Segway PT.

Happy Earth Day!

-Eric

Segway and “The End of the Oil Age”

April 22nd, 2008

WWF Logo

A recent publication by WWF, one of the most important environmental organizations, mentioned the Segway PT as one of the sustainable alternatives to the use of the car in urban areas. The report is called “Plugged In: The End of the Oil Age” by Dr. Gary Kendall.

“[Electric two wheelers] and the Segway Personal Transporter – examples of which are illustrated in figure 21 – all offer virtually silent personal mobility, a very high degree of energy efficiency, and zero emissions at the point of use. They afford the user far greater flexibility than is possible with rigid public transportation services and far greater opportunity for work and leisure activities due to their extended range and speed compared with non-motorised forms of transport. To the extent that they can replace journeys made by ICEVs – until now the de facto alternative to public transport for suburban commuters – electric two-wheelers can dramatically improve the local environment and contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions” (page 127).

The report also quotes our REC program:

“[..]only sustainable renewable resources. Even here, businesses promoting grid-connected vehicles may have an important role to play. Take the example of an electrified two-wheeler: the Segway PT. For every unit sold, Segway pledges to purchase 200 kWh of electricity from sustainable renewable sources, which the company calculates is sufficient to power a typical Segway PT for more than two years of operation.*
Thus, the Segway PT rider need not have access to a liberalised electricity market in order to enjoy carbon-free personal mobility. Innovative marketing packages of this nature – explicitly linking green energy with mobility solutions – lend themselves perfectly to grid-connected vehicles of any shape and size.”

*The Last Mile Editor’s Note: Segway Inc. purchases 200 kWh of renewable energy credits that encourage the development of clean sources of energy for future consumption. The 200 kWh amount is based off of a rider charging his/her Segway PT frequently during a 1-year period. Learn more here.

A video interview featuring the author riding a Segway PT can be seen here.

Abstracts from:
Plugged In: The End of the Oil Age by Dr. Gary Kendall. PDF versions of the full report and summary report are available now for download:

Access the full report or summary.


Nicola Dallatana
Director International Marketing and Regulatory Affairs

Getting friendly with the map

April 17th, 2008

The central place for all goings on within Segway Social is the map.

As a general site visitor, you’re able to jump right on in there and see everything that’s going on within the owner community. As an owner, you’re able to create and join groups, and add glides/places.

If you don’t log in and click on the map tab, Segway Social prompts you to either view the world map or to search your area. If you click on the world map button, the map will randomly show you 10 glide indicators (as shown with a red dot). Want to know where places or groups are? Click on the different color indicators in the lower left. To get more detail on any, click on the dot and it’ll zoom right on in. To view more, click on “show 10 more” button in the upper-left.

If you want to see what’s going on in your neck of the woods, go right ahead and enter a city and state or country name into the search field and click “search”.

Once logged in as a user, you can add/edit glides, places, groups.

Segway Social Map 1 sm

Here’s how to add a glide:

  • Set up the map using the zoom slider so that you can see the entire glide route you’re seeking to indicate
  • Click on “add/edit glide” in the lower right
  • Choose whether or not you’d like to associate your glide with a group or not
  • Add title and description information to the new window on the left that just popped up
  • Click on the map to draw the glide route. Note that the distance is totaled in the left-hand window as you go along.
  • Click save

Here is what the end result might look like:

Segway Social Map 2 sm

Adding places and groups is very similar, so head on in and populate the map with cool info.

-Eric