Airwheel Technology launched its new self-balancing scooter S5 at the Airwheel 2015 New Products Release Conference held at the Wanda Sheraton Hotel in Changzhou, China on June 18. S5 is the third generation of the S-series and features a standing platform and a long control shaft, in contrast to the company's single-wheeled X and dual-wheeled Q series.
The S5 has many of its own features and cannot simply be regarded as an update to Airwheel S3. In fact, S5 was designed with the hopes of attracting a new customer base to the company. S5 is featured with SUV characterstics, as it was shown on the trailer played at the S5 conference.
The most obvious feature are the wheels, which are enlarged to 16 inches. Bigger wheels can make the scooter drive more steadily and have better performance while coping harsh terrains, such as gravel roads. Meanwhile, the battery is upgraded to 680 wh (compared to S3's 520 wh) which enables the scooter to cover a longer distance. According to the Airwheel website, the travel range of S5 is up to 50km (approximately 35 miles) when the battery is fully charged. According to the spokesman of the company, the target market of Airwheel S5 are enterprises and the government. In contrast to the previous generation S3 whose target market is mainly individual consumers, the 2-whelled S5 electric scooter is more suitable to be used as a work equipment. For example, it can be adopted as a patrolling vehicle by police officers, or it can be ridden by warehouse keepers to inspect goods.
There are other upgrades worth noting. For example, the control shaft of S5 is foldable. It is convenient for the rider to fold up the control shaft when parking the scooter so that it won't take up too much space. On each fender, there's an aluminum-alloy holder where you can install headlights (headlight is an optional addition to the standard package) to make riding at night safer. Airwheel plans to introduce the S5 at $3499.