Renting a Bird scooter will not be your only option for much longer.
The company announced preorders for the new Bird One on Wednesday. The scooter comes in three colors ̵
Some of the Bird One features include extended battery life and protection, a 30-mile range of charge and better durability, the company said. You also get $ 100 in the trip to use with the shared fleet and the ability to track your scooter with the app as well as theft protection through the Bird Hunter Network.
"Given the excitement and demand for our next-generation e-scooter, we also make limited access to the Bird Ones available to own," Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird, says in a release. share, rent or own, give Bird an option for everyone. "
You don't have to buy Bird One to ride it, though. The company's latest scooter will also join Bird's fleet this summer. Bird One will be available to riders in markets where the company offers shared e-scooters. The first rollout starts in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, according to a bird spokesman.
If a big purchase is not for you, Bird offers e-scooters. The plan is $ 25 for a monthlong rental. The company will get rid of a scooter wherever you are; Then you drive it as much as you want, and when it's due back, Bird will pick it up.
Before investing in an e-scooter, it is important to consider safety. A recent study by the CDC found that 45% of e-scooter injuries result in head trauma so it is a good idea to wear a helmet. Of course, it will not prevent. And riders have also reported failed throttles and brakes on e-scooters, as well as .
Originally published May 8 at 8:22 pm PT.
Updates, 8:44 am: Adds more background to e-scooters; 11:46 a.m .::19459071] Includes comment from Bird.