Last August, San Francisco some back of the electric scooters in the middle, but he pointed to Bird (and Lime and Spin) – make the city an afterthought in the scooter wars. But now, Bird has returned to the city by buying Scoot, one of two scooter companies that have managed to operate at SF.
The mobility race of the city in the last kilometer is therefore likely to resume.
A press release The announcement of the acquisition calls for "a strategic decision by two like-minded companies" and says that Scoot will continue to operate under its own brand as a subsidiary of Bird, probably because It must be operated in places like San Francisco. . Scoot also offers larger Vespa size scooters – an area of interest for Bird since its announcement his electric moped earlier this month.
"We are excited to host the Scoot to the Bird ecosystem and look forward to working with the Scoot team as we continue our complementary missions: replacing car trips with options from micro-mobility for all, "said Travis Vander Zanden, founder and CEO of Bird. . Here is the founder of Scoot:
Bird had already tried to bypass the ban imposed by SF on his scooters by offering a monthly rental service of $ 25where would they deliver the scooters instead of letting them hang out in the city? He also tries to sell electric scooters to contractors around the world instead of operating services everywhere by itself.
Ford bought Spin, one of the other startups excluded from San Francisco, for $ 100 million last November. Uber just revealed a new scooter today for its subsidiary Jump, previously acquired, and Lyft released his own shared electric scooters in Denver last September.