Initial programme will launch with 100 electric scooters provided by Silicon Valley-based GenZe
On-demand mobility service, Scoobi, plans to introduce a dockless electric scooter fleet in Pittsburgh.
From next month, the city’s 300,000-plus residents and visitors will be able to make use of 100 e-Scooters distributed in the downtown area of Pittsburgh.
According to Scoobi, the shared e-Scooter fleet is intended to fill the gap between public transit and ride-share options, providing riders with an affordable, convenient and eco-friendly solution for short-distance transportation across the city.
“Our goal is to reinvent the way Pittsburghers travel, providing an affordable, environmentally conscious way to experience the City,” said Mike Moran, CEO of Scoobi. “Scooters allow people to skip the cramped city bus or expensive ride-share car and enjoy a low-cost way to get around town. It’s about fun, efficiency and freedom-of-movement.”
Riders can locate and operate the scooters using Scoobi’s mobile app, which identifies available scooters throughout the city, and holds the selected vehicle for 10 minutes. The Scoobi app displays the battery life for each scooter, and enables the vehicle to be started, plus provides access to a lockable trunk where two different sized helmets are stored.
The scooters will travel up to 30 miles per hour with a range of up to 34 miles per charge and can be ridden by any person with a standard class C driver’s license.
The initial programme of scooters are produced by Fremont, Calififornia-based GenZe. The model 2.0F electric scooters are purpose-built fleet versions of the Silicon Valley brand’s 2.0S e-Scooter.
“GenZe was founded on the idea of revolutionising personal transportation in cities through two-wheel, zero-emissions vehicles,” added Vish Palekar, CEO of GenZe. “Shared fleets like Scoobi are a great example of how these innovative electric scooters can transform our approach to local commuting and urban exploring.”
Charging stations will be located throughout the East End where a rider will be able to park in garages and charge the scooters after their ride has ended. If parking in a charging station is inconvenient, riders will also have the option to park on the street in various ‘blue zones’ outlined in Scoobi’s mobile app throughout the East End and in parts of the North Shore and South Side.
The cost for riding the Scoobi scooters is $5 for the first 20 minutes, and $0.20 for each additional minute.
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