A startup called Scoot Networks has launched a Zipcar-style sharing network for electric scooters. The company is a graduate of the Greenstart accelerator program which is focused on incubating startups in the intersection of green and IT.
Scoot Networks is building a fleet of smart-phone-enabled, 30 MPH (50 km/h), electric, Vespa-style scooters offered in a convenient, bicycle sharing-type system. They will be available on-demand throughout major cities and priced competitively with taxis and public transit.
Shared electric motor-scooters have the optimal combination of speed, cost, convenience, and sustainability for the BILLIONS of intra-urban trips that take place every day in cities around the world.
Scoot Networks is building out a network of electric scooters that can be rented out by the minute or hour (like Zipcar cars) and unlocked with an iPhone. The company removed the old instrument panel so that your iPhone will act as the scooter’s dashboard.
To achieve this they are buying up one model of electric scooter with a top speed of 30 miles per hour (50 km/h). That’s fast enough to keep up with city traffic and get you to your location across the city quicker than most public transportation, but is low-power enough that the driver doesn’t need a motorcycle license.
Founder Michael Keating believes that as cities become even more crowded, figuring out new systems of transportation beyond the car, and utilizing IT, will be a growing trend.