Vancouver, Wash., Scooter Corporations Surge in Recognition
(TNS) — Two new downtown Vancouver electrical scooter companies are offering a brand new option to safely discover Vancouver through the pandemic.
Electrical-scooter rental firm and seller Zoot Scoot, close to Esther Quick Park, and one other seller, Rev Rides, close to Briz Mortgage & Guitar on Washington Avenue, are each discovering success with numerous gross sales this summer season.
Jason Adams and his spouse, Kristie Means, opened Zoot Scoot in early June at 812 Columbia St. Earlier than opening, he was nervous about beginning a brand new enterprise amid the pandemic. However he realized it was a chance to convey inexpensive leisure to downtown in a time when many sources of leisure have been shut down.
“At first, I used to be considering of placing it on maintain due to COVID-19,” Adams stated. “However I assumed it was a very good type of leisure whereas nonetheless following the social distancing pointers.”
Zoot Scoot gives fat-tire e-scooter leases and gross sales. They’re obtainable to lease for $20 per hour, or $69.99 for the day. The scooters have a 40-mile vary, permitting clients to see a lot of Vancouver. Leases might be made on-line at zootscoot.web or over the cellphone.
Adams specified that the e-scooters must be used within the bike lane solely and never on any sidewalks. Helmets are supplied by Zoot Scoot and the e-scooters can be found for buy at $1,695 every.
Adams stated the response has been wonderful, and the neighborhood has embraced them. Inside the first 5 weeks of opening, he offered the 50 models he had in inventory, and leases proceed to come back in.
“I needed to maintain it inexpensive so individuals can take pleasure in it with out monetary pressure, particularly in a time like this,” Adams stated.
He stated a number of native companies have come by to point out help. His neighbors subsequent door at Doppelganger rented eight scooters for an worker outing this summer season.
“That is my hometown. I’m proud to be doing my half in serving to our space develop,” Adams stated.
Nathan Pust relocated his enterprise REV Rides, which stands for Leisure Electrical Automobiles, out of his storage in Salmon Creek to a brand new downtown location at 500 Washington St., full with a workshop and showroom.
In October of 2018, Pust started REV Rides after he first obtained within the business whereas touring to Asia and seeing the recognition of electrical automobiles there.
“I personally needed one and I all the time needed to start out my very own enterprise,” Adams stated. “I seen there have been hardly any scooter retailers within the U.S. and noticed there was a market there.”
Practically two years later, Pust moved REV Rides downtown to promote a wide array of leisure electrical automobiles, together with stand-up scooters, dust bikes and unicycles. Additionally they provide upkeep within the workshop hooked up to the showroom.
“We’re a part of an excellent neighborhood down right here, and it’s actually helped with our native presence,” Pust stated.
Most of Pust’s enterprise comes by means of gross sales throughout the nation. He provides round 35 sellers with electrical automobiles and sells merchandise on-line at revrides.com to clients in Seattle, San Francisco and New York. The situation downtown is open for gross sales and upkeep by appointment solely.
Pust stated he doesn’t see a lot battle between his and Adams’ enterprise. He believes they each can thrive in downtown Vancouver.
“As we had been each opening up and shifting in Jason got here by and launched himself,” Adams stated. “He’s a very nice man; we talked about our enterprise plans and I don’t see a number of overlap.”
Pust stated enterprise has boomed throughout the business through the pandemic, with gross sales doubling and virtually tripling.
Pust and Minon Minnieweather, Rev Rides’ consumer help specialist, had a few theories on the excessive demand: Persons are bored sheltering indoors and on the lookout for environmentally pleasant types of transportation.
Minnieweather identified that the first motivation is monetary causes. Leisure electrical automobiles require much less upkeep, reduce out fuel and parking prices and are sometimes extra inexpensive than a automotive for these eager to keep away from public transit through the pandemic.
“Now that everybody’s house, they’ve time now to consider practicality and their finances,” Minnieweather stated. “There’s a sensible side but additionally a enjoyable facet to it.”
Adams hopes to make use of the upward momentum within the electrical automobile business to realize his long-term objectives of franchising his enterprise. He plans on opening a second Zoot Scoot in Scottsdale, Ariz., in October.
“It’s all concerning the seasons,” Adams stated. “When the rain comes again to the Northwest, it drops right down to 85 in Arizona and that’s once they need to get outdoors.”
Pust and his co-workers at REV Rides all participate in a neighborhood experience for electrical automobiles each Sunday.
He stated it’s been a pleasant option to get out of the home and see individuals.
“These leisure electrical automobiles are easy and quiet,” Pust stated. “You’ll be able to hear all of the birds and you’ll really feel the breeze rush by.”
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