Emobility Provider Scoot Launches Shared Moped

New vehicle debuts in Los Angeles, with wider rollout this year.

Scoot Electric moped
The Scoot Moped is being introduced in Los Angeles.Scoot

Electric mobility company Scoot has added a new vehicle to its share fleet with the Scoot Moped, launching initially in Los Angeles as part of a pilot program. The moped will be rolled out in additional cities later this year, Scoot stated in a news release.

Scoot Mopeds will be available via the Scoot and Bird apps for iOS and Android. (Bird acquired Scoot in June for a reported $25 million.) Riders must be age 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license.

"Everyone in a city wants to get from point A to B as quickly as possible. This desire has spurred many new modes of transportation in just the last year alone," Scoot founder and president Michael Keating said. "Scoot Moped is the perfect alternative to driving in the city."

The mopeds are equipped with large-volume tires, hydraulic disc brakes, dual side mirrors, an LCD display showing vehicle speed, and a custom electric motor. The mopeds—actually pedal-free motor scooters—offer throttle assist up to 20 mph. Additional technical information on the moped, including motor wattage and battery range, was not immediately available from Scoot. The company also did not indicate how many units were being rolled out for the pilot program in Los Angeles.

In its news release, the company stated: “Scoot Mopeds should be ridden on the street or, depending on local laws, in the bicycle lane. Upon completion of a ride, Scoot Mopeds should be parked on the street in designated motorcycle spaces and between car parking places. Scoot Mopeds should not be ridden or parked on sidewalks.”

Scoot also operates electric scooter sharing and shared sit-down motor scooters (top speed of 30 mph for the latter) in San Francisco; motor scooter and ebike sharing in Barcelona, Spain; and electric scooter sharing in Santiago, Chile.