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Two new downtown Vancouver electrical scooter companies are offering a brand new approach 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 time.
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 deliver inexpensive leisure to downtown in a time when many sources of leisure have been shut down.
“At first, I used to be pondering 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 tips.”
Zoot Scoot presents fat-tire e-scooter leases and gross sales. They’re obtainable to hire for $20 per hour, or $69.99 for the day. The scooters have a 40-mile vary, permitting prospects to see a lot of Vancouver. Leases could be made on-line at zootscoot.net 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 group has embraced them. Inside the first 5 weeks of opening, he bought the 50 items he had in inventory, and leases proceed to come back in.
“I wished 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 indicate help. His neighbors subsequent door at Doppelganger rented eight scooters for an worker outing this summer time.
“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 received within the business whereas touring to Asia and seeing the recognition of electrical autos there.
“I personally wished one and I at all times wished to begin my very own enterprise,” Adams stated. “I seen there have been hardly any scooter outlets within the U.S. and noticed there was a market there.”
Practically two years later, Pust moved REV Rides downtown to promote a big selection of leisure electrical autos, together with stand-up scooters, filth bikes and unicycles. In addition they provide upkeep within the workshop hooked up to the showroom.
“We’re a part of an ideal group down right here, and it’s actually helped with our native presence,” Pust stated.
Most of Pust’s enterprise comes by gross sales throughout the nation. He provides round 35 sellers with electrical autos and sells merchandise on-line at revrides.com to prospects in Seattle, San Francisco and New York. The placement 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 have been each opening up and shifting in Jason got here by and launched himself,” Pust stated. “He’s a very nice man; we talked about our enterprise plans and I don’t see a variety of overlap.”
Pust stated enterprise has boomed throughout the business through the pandemic, with gross sales doubling and nearly tripling.
Pust and Minon Minnieweather, Rev Rides’ consumer help specialist, had a few theories on the excessive demand: Persons are bored sheltering indoors and in search of environmentally pleasant types of transportation.
Minnieweather identified that the first motivation is monetary causes. Leisure electrical autos require much less upkeep, minimize out gasoline 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 residence, 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 car business to attain his long-term objectives of franchising his enterprise. He plans on opening a second Zoot Scoot in Scottsdale, Ariz., in October.
“It’s all in regards to the seasons,” Adams stated. “When the rain comes again to the Northwest, it drops all the way down to 85 in Arizona and that’s once they wish to get outdoors.”
Pust and his co-workers at REV Rides all participate in a group trip for electrical autos each Sunday.
He stated it’s been a pleasant approach to get out of the home and see individuals.
“These leisure electrical autos are clean and quiet,” Pust stated. “You possibly can hear all of the birds and you may really feel the breeze rush by.”