EXPLAINING WHICH SCOOTERS BIRD USE
Written by Ed Wiles, Scootered Founder
Bird, along with Lime, is one of the two biggest players in e-scooter sharing in Europe. Both companies began in the USA before spreading elsewhere. They have not come to the UK yet because the government has not yet legalised them for public roads (see this article on e-scooters and UK law). These hire schemes are great, but many users realise that it actually makes sense to buy their own electric scooter and thus want to know which e-scooters they have been riding when with Bird or a similar scheme.
The answer bears some discussion. Simply put, Bird first used the Xiaomi M365, then added the Ninebot-Segway ES2 before moving on to bespoke scooters. Like Lime, Bird started out using the Xiaomi M635 e-scooter, which is the one they have been most associated with. This is the e-scooter with both a black and white version and the battery in its base (making the base a couple of inches deep). However, Bird also started putting the Ninebot-Segway ES2 (or the ES4) on the streets (either because Xiaomi could not meet demand or Ninebot offered them a deal). The ES2 is the one with the battery in the stem and thus a shallower base.
The ES2 Sandwiched by Two M365s
But just to complicate matters, Bird then commissioned a bespoke scooter, which they call Bird Two. Of course, this is not so useful for private ownership because there is not a foldable version. These bespoke e-scooters also tend to be made to stay out on the street - being heavier and larger than Xiaomis or Segway models. So, basically, if you want to buy the same e-scooter as you have been riding, a Xiaomi or Ninebot-Segway is the best option. The M365 has itself been updated to the Xiaomi 1S.