Ridepanda’s founders, Chinmay Malaviya and Charlie Depman, say their web site is the primary on-line market for electrical bikes, e-scooters, and mopeds, the place customers can store for EVs, add on providers like warranties or upkeep plans, and see a ranking for every product that vets it on sturdiness, efficiency, repairability, security, and sustainability. “We wish to be the NerdWallet of micromobility,” Depman says.
The location affords its founders extra than simply an opportunity to get in on the EV future. It’s consistent with their years of labor within the micromobility area—Malaviya labored at Lime and supply firm Foodpanda, which helped give e-bikes to meals supply employees; Depman labored at each Chook and Scoot—and their perception that the way forward for climate-friendly transportation is in EVs (each even have expertise at environmental nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs). “What we are attempting to do with Ridepanda is to proceed the work we did with these firms, by way of constructing happier, extra environment friendly cities that run on these light-weight, low cost, smaller, quiet, eco-friendly merchandise,” Malaviya says.
With firms like Lime and Chook, folks have the possibility to check out e-scooters and e-bikes, however Malaviya and Depman assume the way forward for EVs will probably be in possession, with folks looking for out fashions that match their life finest. On Ridepanda, you’ll be able to take a quiz that asks about your prime makes use of for an e-ride, like leisure or off-road, and if you happen to want one thing that has a protracted vary or is straightforward to hold. Your solutions generate a listing of instructed fashions. Or you’ll be able to try the location’s curated choices, which characteristic e-rides tailor-made to households, adventurers, supply drivers, and so forth. The location makes cash on commissions from bikes customers purchase, and by promoting add-on restore and help providers.
On this method, Ridepanda is addressing the choice fatigue that comes once you seek for an electrical bike on a platform like Amazon, the place you get greater than 100,000 outcomes. The location additionally goals to be a useful resource for all the opposite issues customers must find out about proudly owning an e-ride. “Getting the product is one huge piece of the puzzle,” Malaviya says. “Second is, How do I keep it? What about theft, insurance coverage? What are the equipment I can purchase to make it a safer journey?” It’s comparatively simple to purchase a automobile, he provides, as a result of there are firms, startups, and devoted dealerships obtainable to assist shoppers within the market. “We predict we have to construct the identical infrastructure to take away any kind of barrier folks might need to embrace these merchandise.”
Though Ridepanda had been within the works for some time, its launch is particularly well timed in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, when some persons are avoiding public transit and ride-shares and as an alternative are interested by shopping for their very own private autos. Transportation is the number-one reason for greenhouse fuel emissions within the U.S., and 60% of journeys in cities are lower than 6 miles away. Are these wants finest served by polluting automobiles, Malaviya asks, “or are they higher off with these [electric] merchandise, that are cheaper, much more accessible . . . they’re simple to retailer, simple to park, they offer again public area to folks.” He and Depman hope the location will help persuade folks to decide on an e-scooter, e-bike, or moped over a automobile.