Electrical scooter maker URB-E announced at CES 2018 the launch of a transportation system as an alternative to traditional traffic, TechCrunch reported. One of the first chosen locations is the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. 50 docking stations were installed on campus, where students can pay $9 a day or $45 a week to rent a scooter.
Last week, the startup announced their new foldable electric vehicle, with a price tag of $899.
The URB-E Sport weighs 30 pounds (13 kg), has a range of 16 miles (25 km) and a top speed of 14 mph (22 km/h).
It is powered by a removable source called Eddy (in homage to Thomas Edison) which can charge up to five devices simultaneously via USB ports and even has a bottle opener integrated into its frame. For users in need of a more powerful mode of transportation, URB-E offers the Pro model, with a range of 20 miles and a top speed of 18 mph, selling for $1,699 and able to negotiate more rugged terrains.
“In our efforts to design and manufacture products that help people save time and money, we have identified the scooter as inadequate and outdated,” says Peter Lee, CEO of URB-E. “As a result, our team took a problem solving approach to urban commuting/living and created a line of patented lightweight electric vehicles that easily fold, fit into an UBER or subway car, transform into a shopping cart, power all of your devices, and open a bottle of your favorite beverage… ours is beer.”