Another company joins the electric vehicles market. Bird, a scooter-sharing enterprise, is launching an electric scooter which will be added to their rental fleets in selected markets. It will be called Cruiser and it will be the first seated vehicle in Bird’s offer.
Cruiser will feature a 52V battery, which will have enough juice for 50 miles on a single charge, disc brakes, LCD display, and a padded seat. If you find yourself stranded with an empty battery, the scooter will have pedals as well, so you can just use it a s an ordinary bike.
The price hasn’t been announced yet, not when can we expect to see the new scooter. The company also hasn’t disclosed who the manufacturer will be or in fact any plans for future developments. All we know with certainty is that the Cruiser will be Bird’s exclusive and that it was designed by a third-party.
The top speed is unknown, but the company has stated that it will comply with local rules. Depending on where “local” is, that can mean several things, but the new scooter will probably remain below 30 mph.
This is the second new scooter form Bird in as many months. The previous was their new custom scooter, designed to be more durable than the models they are using now, built by Okai, Xiaomi, and Segway-Ninebot. The new model will also be on sale and you can get it for $1,299.
Bird Cruiser will be a welcomed addition to Bird’s fleet, allowing them to better compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft.