Bird launches bicycle-moped hybrid
Bird, the dockless electric scooter company that is developing a new vehicle sharing platform, has unveiled the Bird Cruiser—an electric vehicle between a bicycle and a moped.
It can seat two people, and depending on the market will either be pedal-assist or just have a peg. the Bird Cruiser has hydraulic disc brakes and a 52-volt battery, like many e-bikes. The company plans to launch the vehicle this summer in selected markets.
This marks Bird’s first move outside of the kick scooter space.TechCrunch
It will be regulated at the state-level, as it is classified as a motorised scooter.
“Bird’s introduction of shared e-scooters spurred a global phenomenon and mode shift away from cars. To further accelerate progress on our mission to make cities more livable, we are providing additional environmentally friendly micro-mobility alternatives—including Bird Cruiser.”Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird
Competitor electric bike startup Wheels raised $37 million earlier this year; their bikes seat one person and need pedalling.
This news comes soon after Bird started commercially selling its electric scooters to individuals.
Read more about Bike’s recent launch here.