Spin's redesigned scooters reflect evolving market - Smart Cities Dive
Spin has unveiled a new scooter design, including extended battery life and features to increase durability. The third-generation scooter will launch in seven cities in August and more to follow, part of the company's expansion.
The new scooters will have a battery range of 37.5 miles per charge, farther than both Bird and Lime. The vehicles also have a larger frame, bigger tires and rear drive to improve acceleration and uphill performance.
Spin is now active in 47 cities and college campuses, including 11 markets where it is the exclusive operator. The seven cities that will get the third generation scooters are Los Angeles; Denver; Washington, DC; Kansas City, MO; Memphis, TN; Portland, OR and Minneapolis.
Since it was acquired by Ford Smart Mobility in November 2018, Spin has increased its fleet size by 1,900% and the number of rides has risen 1,100%. The new scooter design is part of what president and co-founder Euwyn Poon called a "maturation" of the company and the industry overall.
What was an upstart just last summer has become a crucial mobility solution in many cities, with riders taking more frequent and longer trips as an alternative to driving or transit. That, Poon said, meant evolving the vehicles, similar to the company's transition from bikes to scooters. The initial vehicles Spin used were off-the-shelf products that weren't optimized for shared use; the new design reflects the way people are using scooters in the real world.