Sit-down electric scooters capable of hitting 20 mph coming to Austin
AUSTIN, Texas —
Soon, you'll likely see people scooting around town a little bit differently. By the end of the month, OjO Electric, a California-based scooter company, plans to launch 100 of the first ever ride-share scooters with seats.
"I say it's like an E-bike and a Vespa got together and had a baby," said Elliott McFadden, executive director of Bike Share of Austin, the parent company of Austin Commuter Scooter.
OjO is partnering with Austin Commuter, which will manage the scooters locally.
The scooter travels up to 20 mph and can last up to 50 miles on a single charge
"There are actually breaks on both wheels," McFadden said. "We have pneumatic tires with a shock system so you're not going to be hitting a bump and flying off of a scooter."
It also comes with Bluetooth speakers so you can navigate and listen to music hands-free.
"The OJO has built in speakers so that means you can sync your phone to get Bluetooth instructions or just listen to music as you're riding around downtown," he said.
Justin Smith uses a scooter every day to meet clients for work. "It's pretty convenient to just hop on a scooter and meet someone at a coffee shop or restaurant," Smith said.
He says he's looking forward to having an option that allows him to ride and sit. "I could see it being appealing to a bunch of people that maybe don't feel comfortable standing up the whole way on a scooter ride," Smith said.
Because of it's low speed and it's powered by battery, it'll be regulated the same as other ride-share bikes and scooters. You can only use the on bike lanes and streets. Rides start at $1.25 and it's 18 cents per minute after that.
OjO was approved to launch 100 scooters by the end of the month and hopes to expand by spring.