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Electric Scooter Updates

Electric scooters are all the rage in some cities. San Francisco is launching Scoot Networks, a scooter version of the Zipcar idea, next month. Subscribers pay a monthly fee to access a city-wide network of super cute electric scooters.

You can find the scooters nearest you with your smartphone. Your phone then slips into a dock on the scooter’s dashboard to unlock it and voila! you’re off and riding.

The scooters top off at about 30 mph and go for about 30 miles before they need a charge, perfect for the range of city riding. Scoot Networks was one of the companies chosen by the Greenstart cleantech startup accelerator program which provides start up capital to innovative cleantech business ideas.

Photos Wired.com

In other great scooter innovations, the people of smart, an eco-subsidiary of Daimler, are now developing a scooter line called eScooter. It’s cute and fast, up to 30 mph with a 60 mile range on full charge. Originally unveiled during the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the scooter is just one part of Daimler’s overall strategy to create comprehensive urban mobility for the future. Photo Daimler

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