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Brooklynites can now ride around town on a sleek new electric two-wheeler as Unagi Scooters officially launched in the community on March 17th, offering a state-of-the-art scooter for just $ 49 a month.
“We think it’s a killer deal and we think it’s better than carpooling,” said David Hyman.Unagi Scooter ‘ founder and CEO in an interview with Brooklyn Paper.
The monthly fee is $ 1.63 per day and gives full access to a personal scooter without the hassles of property ownership like insurance and repairs, Hyman said.
The founder of the mobility company, who founded several startups in the music technology industry and previously served as CEO of Beats Music, launched Unagi when the demand for alternative modes of transport skyrocketed since the coronavirus pandemic as many avoided crowded public transportation.
“I was obsessed with scooters. I’m a hardware geek, ”said Hyman. “And I wanted to build the best electric scooter – which is what we did.”
Hyman is hardly the only person benefiting from the two-wheeled trend that has become a crowded space occupied by the likes of Brooklyn-based CitiBike and Revel who are also launching a personal business E-bike subscription service for $ 99 a month.
However, after an initial $ 99 in the first month, Unagi’s recurring price drops to just $ 49 for the brand’s E500 twin-scooter. This offers a competitive price for the electric transit option which ships to customers’ doors within 72 hours of signing above.
And in contrast to scooter services in other cities, where drivers only rent scooters for the duration of their trip controversial leave the two wheels scattered on the sidewalkUnagi scooters are looked after by the subscriber throughout their membership with the company and the 26.5 pound foldable vehicle is kept in their homes.
Hyman cites portability as a major selling point for Unagi’s products as users can drive them to the subway and fold them with one click to get them on the train.
“Our one-click folding technology makes the scooter super portable,” said Hyman. “To get to the Hudson Line or just drive the rest of the way. That’s the beauty of these devices. ”
In optimal driving conditions, the Unagi scooter holds enough charge to travel 15.5 miles before it needs to be charged – which takes anywhere from four to five hours, according to the website – and has a speed limit of 20 mph to comply with federal regulations .
Unagi launched in New York with a service that spanned all five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, and eastern New Jersey. Across the country, Unagi launched in Austin, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle.