Another new electric scooter service launched this week in Seattle and other nearby towns in Puget Sound. However, you won’t see this one on the streets or at docking stations: you can keep your own scooter.
Unagi All-Access rolled to Seattle on Wednesday, bringing its sleek, modern design and easy portability with a folding stem to the city’s e-scooter game.
Customers pay a monthly fee of $ 49 that includes maintenance and insurance for theft or damage to scooters to get their own scooter. The scooters are delivered 2-4 days after ordering, so you can get started right away.
The personalized aspect is taking on a new meaning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as other scooter and bike sharing companies develop creative solutions such as the self-disinfecting handlebar for communal use.
“You can drive it to your heart’s content as long as you are subscribed,” the company wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. “You never have to wonder if your Unagi is clean and fully charged, or if the last driver was in good health. He’ll be there when you need him – always. And it’s adaptable as your transportation needs change; your Unagi will do it. ” fits easily on the subway or in the back of an Uber. “
The company said it had consumer success in major metropolitan areas such as New York City and Los Angeles.
For some infrequent users, the monthly fee may be worth it. According to Unagi, a 30-day subscription is $ 1.63 per day. Razor estimated the average low-end cost of a new electric scooter at $ 300, and high-end models start at $ 600.
And since it’s not a free-floating service, Unagi’s service area extends beyond the city limits – the scooter will be available as far as the coast in the north and as far as Redmond in the east. Service area in the south includes Burien and SeaTac.
Scooter services have grown in popularity in Emerald City since the Seattle Department of Transportation approved an e-scooter pilot program last fall. The division selected three companies – Lime, Wheels, and LINK – that have since been founded in Seattle. Wheels offers an accessible seating option.
The pilot should improve first and last mile connections to other modes of transport and expand the possibilities of micro-mobility in the city to reduce car congestion.
“The scooter clearance will soon provide another sustainable way for people to get around safely and sustainably, complementing Seattle’s already robust transportation system,” SDOT said in a blog post.