Aug. 29, 2020 — Segway-Ninebot, a global leader in short-distance transportation solutions and robotic ser-vice industries, held an event on Wednesday in Florence to celebrate the completion of the TransAmerica Trail by way of the Ninebot KickScooter MAX, powered by Segway.
The undertakers of this 4,000-mile cross-country journey, The Scooter Crossing team con-sisting of Graham Pollard, Brandon Bedford and Christian Boyle, began the trail in Yorktown, Va., on June 25, 2020.
After two months of conquering the open road on the MAX, the trio finally concluded their scooter expedition on Aug. 25 in Florence.
The young adventurers embarked on this epic, cross-country expedition with the goal of raising funds for coronavirus relief for William Lawrence Camp, a camp Pollard attended when he was young and then returned to as a camp counselor. Summer 2020 marks the first summer in the camp’s history that it was unable to remain open due to COVID-19.
To celebrate The Scooter Crossing’s great adventure, Segway-Ninebot held a live press con-ference with the team on Wednesday via its official lnstagram account, @segwayinc.
Alex Huang, senior vice president and president of the global sales management group of Segway-Ninebot, greeted The Scooter Crossing team with a warm welcome. After a brief speech, Huang presented the team with an award plaque.
The team then signed one of the Ninebot KickScooter Max, which will be kept at Segway Headquarters. In exchange for the MAX that completed this grand cross-country journey, one newly released Ninebot KickScooter G30LP was gifted to Pollard during the event.
When asked how he felt having crossed the finish line, Pollard said, “Now that we have fin-ished, I am beyond thrilled about the journey we completed. I built a lot of character, had some once-in-a-lifetime experiences and met some amazing people along the way. Above all else, I am stoked to have proven that the Ninebot KickScooter MAX is capable of making it across the country, and to become the first person to have completed such a challenge.”
Segway also hosted a livestream Q&A session with viewers who have been following the team’s journey along the way.
The Scooter Crossing shared some behind-thescenes stories from their time on the road, giving insight as to what it is like to travel 4,000 miles on a scooter. One of the most memora-ble stories that they shared during the livestream is when one Ninebot KickScooter MAX’s tire was punctured by a nail; however, after simply removing the nail from the tire, the scooter was able to hit the road with no compromises on its reliability.
Pollard stated, “I was surprised by the durability of the scooter. Being on the toughest of the terrains, it is still in tip top shape after having traveled all throughout the country.”
According to Huang, “We are amazed at what The Scooter Crossing team has achieved and we are deeply inspired by their adventurous spirit which lies in symphony with the Segway-Ninebot brand. This journey is also a testament to the durability of our popular model Ninebot KickScooter MAX, powered by Segway, which has now become the first electric kickscooter to cross America.”
After the Q&A, the Segway-Ninebot team unveiled and provided a little sneak peek at a brand-new product that plans to hit the U.S. market in Q4 this year, the Ninebot eMoped C, powered by Segway. The introduction of the Ninebot eMoped C with its extended range marks a significant strategic turning point for Segway-Ninebot as its expansion from mircomobility to the field of short-distance transportation solution.
Segway-Ninebot is a global enterprise in the fields of intelligent short-distance transporta-tion and service robots. For more information, visit www.segway.com.
The William Lawerence camp is located in Tuftonboro, N.H. The camp is a non-profit over-night summer camp for boys that has been open for 108 years. For the first time since its opening in 1913, the camp had to close its doors this summer due to COVID-19. With help from Segway-Ninebot, Pollard is now taking this opportunity to give back to a place that helped shape him into the man he is today.