Scoobi, an electric scooter mobility rental service, will launch in Pittsburgh in June with a fleet of 100 dockless electric scooters, the company reported in a press release.
Citizens of Pittsburgh spend an average 21 minutes a day and 81 hours a year commuting, according to the TomTom Traffic Index. “Our goal is to reinvent the way Pittsburghers travel, providing an affordable, environmentally conscious way to experience the City,” Scoobi Chief Executive Mike Moran said in the release. “Scooters allow people to skip the cramped city bus or expensive rideshare car and enjoy a low-cost way to get around town.”
Using a mobile app, users can see available scooters near them and can hold vehicles for as long as 10 minutes. The app has several functions, including displaying a scooter’s battery life, enabling the vehicle to be started, and providing access to a lockable trunk where two different-sized helmets are stored. The scooters come with phone charges mounted on the handlebars, allowing iPhone and Android users to charge their phones while riding. Anyone over the age of 18 with a standard driver’s license can rent a scooter.
Renting a Scoobi scooter costs $5 for the first 20 minutes, and $0.20 per minute after.
Once their ride is complete, consumers can find charging stations in Pittsburgh’s East End at designated garage parking spots. Users can also park in “blue zones” on the street via the Scoobi app.
The scooters are eco-friendly and go 30 milers per hour with a range of up to 34 miles per battery charge. The fleet was produced by Fremont, Calif.-based GenZe, a division of the Mahindra Group that specializes in two-wheeled electric vehicles with smart, connected technology and powered by sustainable, zero-emissions electric energy.