It was exciting to get this Notification on YouTube:
Not only would this be the first review of the NextDrive 2.0 in the West, in English, but also from someone experienced with electric scooters. He’s previously reviewed the Xiaomi M365 and the Ninebot/Segway KickScooter ES-1. So this is the best possible reviewer to get.
What would his verdict be?
First, the screensnaps!
It looks well-packaged:
Screwing on the handles:
The back tire:
Surprisingly, Chris thinks it uses skateboard bearings! Hmmmm.
The rear lights:
Kickstand (already installed):
Chris is disappointed by it. I’m not surprised. No one likes this second-gen light.
The hard-to-read in direct sunlight display:
The rear lights are standalones with tiny batteries in them …
… and are activated solely by vibration, not the brake lever:
The recharging port:
A disappointing four-hour recharge time!
I’m not at all jealous or envious about Chris having this electric scooter. No. I hate him for his weather:
Gah! Not just warm, but gorgeous scenery too!
The display doesn’t show up on camera:
It failed in first gear. Even struggled somewhat in second. A 20-degree slope. This electric scooter would not be able to manage the Death Hills in my area. Note that a Boosted Board electric skateboard could. So could several others.
Speed bump test:
And range and top speed recorded (but not with the NextDrive app):
Spoiler: For the weight and price and the range it gets, Chris was impressed. But overall, his experience was unsatisfactory compared to the Xiaomi M365 and Ninebot/Segway KickScooter ES-1. I’m not really surprised. But what did surprise me was the seeming overall weakness of the NextDrive. I expected it to have more oomph. I guess I’ve gotten used to the acceleration and speed of electric skateboards now and this electric scooter is weak in comparison. And after witnessing two similar electric scooters last weekend, I was surprised how much noise those hard rubber wheels create. With all the vibration they put out, riding looked more like a matter of will than an experience of joy.
Now the video: