A new e-scooter service has been launched in the Brooklyn area. The company, Unagi Scooters, is offering a subscription-based model for customers that’s different than the traditional ridesharing options. The service officially launched on March 17 and is available in all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and eastern New Jersey.
For $49 per month, Brooklynites can rent an electric scooter, which breaks down to $1.63 per day. The subscription comes with unlimited access to a personal scooter, without riders having to worry about insurance or repairs. The initial month costs $99. Once a person orders a scooter, it’ll be delivered to their door within 72 hours.
David Hyman is the founder and CEO of Unagi Scooters. He has previously launched multiple startups in the music technology industry but saw a demand for alternative modes of transportation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unlike traditional rideshare e-scooter programs like Lime or Bird, Unagi scooters remain in the subscribers’ care throughout their membership with the company. This will reduce the number of electric scooters scattered on sidewalks.
The electric scooters weigh 26.5 pounds and can be folded up and stored. In addition to that, Unagi scooters hold enough charge to be ridden for 15.5 miles before needing to be charged. According to the company’s website, that can supply four to five hours of ride time. All scooters have a speed limit of 20 miles per hour to comply with federal regulations.
According to Hyman, portability is a significant selling point for Unagi’s electric scooters, as it allows riders to collapse the device and carry it onto the subway: “Our one-click fold technology makes the scooter super portable to bring. To get to the Hudson line or just ride the whole rest of the way. That’s the beauty of these devices.”
Hyman isn’t the first person to get involved in the e-scooter industry in New York City. CitiBike and Revel have launched similar electric bike subscription services for $99 per month. Hyman has also launched in Austin, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle.
While e-scooters are useful devices, especially in urban areas, they can be dangerous. In the event you’re injured in an e-scooter accident and believe someone else is to blame, you can seek legal guidance from the Rideshare Law Group. Contact us today to learn more.