Unagi is offering a $39 a month subscription to its electric scooters
Unagi is rolling out a subscription service that will allow users to pay a monthly or annual fee to use and keep the same electric scooter.For $39 a month, plus a one-time $50 installation fee, you can rent Unagi's Model One scooter instead of having to share street scooters with other users, as other scooter startups do.
Unagi, an electric scooter startup based in the San Francisco Bay Area, will let you pay a monthly fee to hang on the same scooter, a service that could solve the ride-sharing industry's problems during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company now offers two subscription plans as part of its Unagi All-Access service.The first is pay-as-you-go, at $39 a month, and the second is an annual subscription of $408, or $34 a month.Both plans require a one-time installation fee of $50, and insurance is included if your scooter is stolen or damaged.However, the deductible for replacing the scooter is $85.
Customers who buy the subscription will get the company's Model One twin motorcycle, which costs $990.A car costs $840, although that is not part of the subscription model.It takes about 15 miles to charge, and about five hours to charge.
David Hyman, co-founder of Unagi, told Business Insider that owning or renting a privilege via subscription adds an added bonus to just accessing it on the street, like not having to worry about the battery running down.
"When it's light and portable, it's much more than a street scooter," Heyman said.
According to the company's website, team members will provide you with free scooters within 24 hours of purchasing the subscription.The monthly payment service will be launched in Los Angeles and New York, the market that recently made electric scooters legal to run on public streets.Unagi plans to eventually roll out in more cities.
Hyman says Unagi's subscription concept has been in place since mid-2019, but "the timing is good" as hypersensitivity to touch has been a cultural pillar during the pandemic.The health crisis has hit the ride-sharing world, with some people less willing to share rides with strangers or use scooters or bicycles that have previously been used by others.
Hyman also said the company has seen a surge in scooter sales in recent months."Before COVID, we were selling hundreds of scooters a month. Now we're selling thousands," heyman says.
Unagi isn't the first electric scooter startup to test a subscription service.As The Verge noted, Bird did so in mid-2019, but Hyman said The Bird program's problem was that it USES scooters designed to be street-level in its subscription model, which "makes no sense."