Scoot Networks, the transportation alternative in San Francisco


The Scoot electric scooter rental network has now reached a level of development that makes it a very practical means of urban transportation.

When it started in 2012, Scoot had only 10 scooters and 4 stations, and the rented scooters had to be returned to the same station. Now the network has 230 scooters and 66 stations, and one-way rentals are possible. It means you can drop off a scooter at any station.

The electric scooters have also been improved. The Chinese-made vehicles used to be under-powered, but their electric motors have been upgraded to 4hp. This was made possible thanks to a change in the Californian legislation that went into effect on January 1st, allowing to ride bikes with up to 4hp without a motorcycle license.

All the Scoot scooters are now also equipped with lithium batteries, for a range of 25 miles. And the scooters can finally be used even when it rains, because a new waterproof dashboard box has been added: it can fit any smart phone (except for the larger ones like the iPhone 6 Plus). The smart phone is used to reserve a Scoot and unlock it, and then it becomes a dashboard indicating the speed, the battery charge and the location of the Scoot stations.

The dashboard box for the smart phone

The dashboard box for the smart phone

Scoot has recently been offering test rides of a German Govecs scooter. Michael Keating, CEO of Scoot Networks, told us that “we plan to double the size of the fleet this year and introduce two new electric vehicle types for our riders to rent”.

For now, the basic subscription is $5 per month, with a rental fee of $2 per half-hour ($4 per half-hour during rush hours, Monday-Friday from 7-10am and 4-7pm).

Too bad that at this time there are no plans to expand the Scoot Networks to other cities.

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