Scooter

  • URB-E’s launching a scooter sharing network at college campuses and hotels

    URB-E’s launching a scooter sharing network at college campuses and hotels

    URB-E, the startup that creates foldable electric scooters, is launching a transportation system designed to promote scooter sharing on colleges campuses and other large residential developments. One of URB-E’s first deployments is on USC’s campus in Los Angeles, where they will provide more than 40,000 rides this year. Read More

  • Electric scooter maker Gogoro raises $300 million for growth

    Electric scooter maker Gogoro raises $300 million for growth

    Electric scooter maker Gogoro has closed a massive $300 million Series C round to expand its service. The company has sold scooters in its native Taiwan since 2015, and it Europe it offers them on a short-term rental basis. That’s in Berlin, Germany, and Paris, France, where Gogoro provides a combined 1,600 scooters for an on-demand sharing service that’s operated by… Read More

  • Scoot wants to expand its electric scooter operations globally with a white-label service

    Scoot wants to expand its electric scooter operations globally with a white-label service

    San Francisco-based electric scooter sharing network Scoot tells TechCrunch it plans to share its back-end software with third-party scooter operators in congested cities around the world. The idea is to allow those in other cities who have vehicles to hook into Scoot’s back-end operation system, allowing them to also run a scooter sharing network in their area. Read More

  • This startup wants to make China’s electric scooters as desirable as iPhones

    This startup wants to make China’s electric scooters as desirable as iPhones

    Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on TechNode, an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China. China is a big country with big cities and big roads. Imagine what it must feel like to know that the closest subway station or bus stop is 20-30 minutes away. Imagine getting in your car at 2 pm on a Thursday thinking that the traffic should be okay only to find that traffic… Read More

  • URB-E’s newest foldable electric scooter cuts the price to $899

    URB-E is a foldable electric scooter that first launched in prototype-form back at CES in January 2014. Last year we checked out a version that could carry an adult up to 20 miles at a speed of 15 MPH. While we liked the vehicle, we though the $1,499 price point was a bit too prohibitive for it to truly become mainstream. So now the company is back with a much more affordable version, that… Read More

  • The Immotor Go folding scooter features smartphone controls and swappable batteries

    The Immotor Go folding scooter features smartphone controls and swappable batteries

    It’s clearly been a tumultuous couple of years for battery makers, now that simply not exploding is considered a feature – but between the armies of hoverboards and some notable smartphone examples, well, it’s certainly worth a mention. Even beyond that, the battery is all around one of the bigger selling points for the Immotor Go scooter – due in no small part to the… Read More

  • iTank: “A three-wheeled scooter is the future”

    iTank: “A three-wheeled scooter is the future”

    The Kickstarter campaign for the Doohan EV3 iTank three-wheeled scooter began this week. It’s brought to you by Kartik Ram, the same guy behind the Zeitgeist electric bike that debuted this spring. Before we get into the question of whether a three-wheeled scooter really is the future, as Ram said in a phone interview, here are the details of the iTank: Bosch motor goes from 0-28 mph in… Read More

  • Pilot your grandparents in a battle against death in Coffin Dodgers

    Pilot your grandparents in a battle against death in Coffin Dodgers

    Coffin Dodgers is named for the slang expression for the geriatric. It’s a racing game where instead of motorbikes, cars or skateboards, you are on a race against death on mobility scooters. Yes, it’s every bit as ridiculous as it sounds. Tasteless? Perhaps, but also a tremendous amount of fun. The game has been on Steam for a while, and is launching on Xbox One later this week and… Read More

  • U.S. Government Says Hoverboards Are Verboten

    U.S. Government Says Hoverboards Are Verboten

    The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has deemed hoverboards “unsafe” and, in a letter released by the organization, all hoverboard manufacturers to gain UL certification before selling more boards. #hoverboards Makers, importers and retailers put on notice https://t.co/UEvHCBxSf5 pic.twitter.com/jfG9kIiovC — U.S. CPSC (@USCPSC) February 19, 2016 “Consumers… Read More

  • Gogoro’s Compact New Electric Scooter Charging Stations Can Be Installed Inside Homes And Stores

    Gogoro’s Compact New Electric Scooter Charging Stations Can Be Installed Inside Homes And Stores

    Electric vehicles may be the future of transportation, but they can travel only as far as there are places to charge them. Often called the “Tesla of scooters,” Taiwanese startup Gogoro is known for its sleek, battery-powered two wheelers. Gogoro has launched in Taipei City, where it is based, and Amsterdam so far. In Taipei City, backing from the government has helped it build… Read More

  • Beijing-based Ninebot Acquires Segway, Raises $80M From Xiaomi And Sequoia

    Beijing-based Ninebot Acquires Segway, Raises $80M From Xiaomi And Sequoia

    Intriguing news from the personal transportation mobility device sector: Beijing-based company Ninebot has announced that not only will it acquire rival Segway, but it has also scored $80 million in funding from investors including Xiaomi, Sequoia Capital, and Shunwei Foundation. Read More

  • The Backpack Scooter Lets You Walk Then Ride

    The Backpack Scooter Lets You Walk Then Ride

    This is the Bergmönch – the Mountain Monk – a scooter that folds into a backpack, thereby allowing the brave to ride down the hills the climb up at breakneck speed. There are no pedals – just a pair of disc brakes – and it costs $1,880. Read More

  • Behold the Vespa stretch scooter

    File this one under “why?”. Vespa South Africa has launched a stretch scooter. Apparently, it’ll allow you to roll with three other people on a scooter. Or one prawn. Read More

  • DIY balancing scooter will make you the envy of geeks everywhere

    I admit it: I would love to have a Segway. Yes, I realize they’re not really all that practical for everyday life in Columbus, OH. Yes, I realize they make you look like a total nerd. I’m prepared to reconcile both of those facts against what I perceive as the unadulterated fun of riding such a contraption. Unfortunately, I don’t have the cash to buy a Segway. If I had… Read More

  • Trikke – Three Wheels of Fury

    Now that you’re well into your 30s and feeling like an old fart, it’s time to reinvigorate yourself with something new. If you enjoyed rollerblading, cycling, or straight up tom foolery as a teenager, I’m sure you’ll enjoy Trikke. It’s a device with three wheels that works by leaning side-to-side and driving in an “S-style” motion. Like rollerblading on… Read More

  • Balancing One-Wheeled Scooter

    This guy’s scooter is like the Segway in many ways, but you don’t look like a tool riding this contraption. Your speed is controlled by shifting forward or backward. Apparently it’s very intuitive to ride. Two 12V batteries power the 400W traction motor. An ADXRS300 Rate Gyro and ADXL202 dual axis accelerometer keep you on your feet so you don’t eat it in front of… Read More

  • T3 Scooters Wants Cops To Dump Segway

    Slightly less dorky, yet simultaneously more dorky than the Segway scooter, the T3 Series scooters are looking to win the hearts and feet of cops everywhere. The T3 is a scooter with three wheels, LED system, GPS, glovebox and rechargeable battery. Its battery can be swapped out in the field in case the officer forgot to plug in last night, and costs around $1,200-$1,800 for each battery. The… Read More