Solar-powered electric scooters have made their debut at the Edwards Air Force in California
Spin, a SAN Francisco-based company, has been offering electric scooter rentals to pilots at Edwards Air Force Base in California since September 2, 2020.
Since Sept. 2, when the facility became the first in the Air Force to offer electric scooters for hire, pilots at Edwards Air Force Base in California have been rocking on two wheels.
Spin, a SAN Francisco-based scooter company, hopes to expand its service to other bases, including overseas and deployed sites, company director Ben Fong said in a telephone interview Friday.
"We are willing to provide scooters to any place where we can serve our service members," he said, noting that Mr. Spine already operates in many cities in Germany, where there are large American military groups.
Electric scooters are a transportation option for pilots who are new to the base or are on temporary duty but don’t have vehicles, fang said, adding that he consulted with liaison officers about troop needs from diplomatic service officers at embassies abroad.Mexico and India.
The rollout at Edwards, which started with 17 scooters, was welcomed by the 412th Wing's test wing commander.Ian Eishen in a Facebook post on September 3rd.
"It would have happened if it had been easy, but I'm glad we finally provided that capability to our pilots," he said."If the pilot is in the dorm, please contact the first Master Sergeant, who can make sure you use the scooter for free."
The rest of Edwards' people could log on to Spin's app and pay for rides, he said.
The Edwards scooter is powered by a solar-powered charging station, which is consistent with Spin's efforts to become carbon-neutral by 2025, Fang said.The company charges $1 to unlock the device and 15 cents a minute after that.
Eishen said in his Facebook post that scooters can be found in three locations, including the concession stand.
"As we get feedback, we will start to expand to more regions," he said.
Eishen says many of the rules for using scooters at Edwards are similar to those for bicycles.People must wear helmets, follow the rules of the road, and cannot ride bicycles in the presence of obstacles.
According to Spin, Edwards' scooter had a top speed of 15 MPH and a range of 38 miles.