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Scoot launched in 2012 to offer fast, affordable, green transportation in cities. Today the company operates a fleet of hundreds of personal electric vehicles, which have been ridden over 4 million miles to date.

Scoot Networks is the leading provider of shared, light electric vehicle (LEV) services, offering immediate urban transit solutions for global cities. Designed by and for mobility service providers, the Scoot Mobility Operating System (Scoot MOS) offers a complete management platform that can enable any LEV service, including e-scooters, e-bikes, and three- and four-wheelers. Scoot MOS supports a growing roster of world-class light electric vehicle (LEV) providers, including Renault-Nissan, Mahindra, Govecs, and Emco-Elektroroller.

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SF Chronicle »
Scoot Networks plans expansion of electric scooter rentals to Barcelona
November 30, 2017

TechCrunch »
Scoot wants to expand its electric scooter operations globally with a white label service
March 9, 2017

Tech Insider » This electric scooter network is the coolest way to get around San Francisco
June 23, 2016

Triple Pundit » Hundreds of All-Electric, American-Made Scooters Coming to San Francisco
June 22, 2016

Engadget » As Scoot has grown, so has the size of its rental bikes
June 18, 2016

SFGate » Scoot Networks adds electric cars to fleet of shared vehicles
October 17, 2015

TechCrunch » Scoot Unleashes New Four-Wheeler Quad Cars On San Francisco Streets
October 17, 2015

Wired » France’s Funkiest ‘Car’ Finally Hits America
October 17, 2015

Engadget » Scoot launches electric car rentals and plans second city expansion
October 17, 2015

SF Examiner » Scoot, SFMTA reach agreement on neighborhood parking
August 28, 2015

SFGate/Chronicle » Scoot Networks protests bid to ban on-street scooter parking
August 19, 2015

TechCrunch » Scoot’s New Cargo Line Of Scooters Can Carry Taller People And More Stuff
August 10, 2015

Engadget » A scooter-rental startup dabbles in cars
July 16, 2015

Fortune » The Zipcar for electric scooters grows up and out
July 9, 2015

Motorcycle USA » REVIEW: Riding San Francisco’s Scoot Networks
May 12, 2015

PCWorld » Scoot Networks lets riders reserve scooters by the hour
December 4, 2014

GigaOm » Navigation, it’s not just for cars: Mapbox and Scoot optimize the nav system for 2 wheels
April 21, 2014

Fast Company » Need a ride and don’t mind helmet hair? Scoot Networks expands throughout San Francisco
February 4, 2014

GigaOm » Scoot Networks launches one-way electric scooter trips
January 11, 2013

TechCrunch » “Zipcar For Scooters” Startup Scoot Networks Launches To The Public In San Francisco
September 26, 2012

Inhabitat » Scoot Launches Electric Scooter-Sharing Program in San Francisco!
September 26, 2012

Fast Company » Forget Zipcar: Rent An Electric Scooter To Get There Faster
September 26, 2012

SF Chronicle » S.F. startup offers scooter rentals
September 26, 2012

Engadget » Scoot aims to be Zipcar of electric scooters, launches in SF
September 9, 2012

MIT Tech Review » Two Wheels with a Tech Twist
April 12, 2012

SFBay » Scooters make a play for SF streets
March 18, 2012

Wired » Scoot Bringing Zipcar-like Electric Scooters to San Francisco
March 16, 2012

USA Today » Scoot Networks scooter sharing service launches
March 9, 2012

Fast Company » The Zipcar Of Electric Scooters Is Coming To San Francisco
March 9, 2012

GigaOm » Introducing Scoot Networks, the Zipcar for electric scooters
March 7, 2012

Press Releases

Scoot to add electric bicycles to their San Francisco fleet

SAN FRANCISCO, December 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Scoot Networks, Inc., the leading provider of shared, light electric vehicle (LEV) services, today announced it is adding a full fleet of electric bicycles to its service in San Francisco. Scoot’s new e-bikes will be accessed through the same app that riders currently use to access and ride Scoot’s shared electric scooters.

Scoot has been operating a fleet of 700 electric two wheelers in San Francisco for five years serving tens of thousands of riders who have logged more than 3.9 million miles. During that time, Scoot’s riders have collectively eliminated over 1000 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere in San Francisco while simultaneously reducing congestion on city streets.

By adding e-bikes to the fleet, Scoot is advancing the company’s mission by addressing the needs of the San Francisco residents who are seeking more transit options that are affordable and valuable in their daily lives. “Scoot’s mission is Electric Vehicles for Everyone. Offering electric bicycles allow us to reach more people at a lower price point and give our current riders a new, convenient option for electric transportation.” says Scoot founder and CEO Michael Keating

As part of this effort, Scoot is applying for San Francisco’s dockless bike sharing permit. Scoot may be the only company that can meet the permit’s stringent requirements for operations and community inclusion. According to Eli Saddler, Scoot’s Head of External Affairs “Scoot has always worked closely with the city to make sure we are contributing to San Francisco’s transportation goals. We look forward to meeting and exceeding the city’s expectations for data sharing and providing affordable service to all San Franciscans.” It is well-known that Scoot’s tens of thousands of members would love the option to use an electric bicycle and that many San Franciscans who aren’t scooter riders would love to use electric bicycles they can pick up and park anywhere.

Scoot’s bicycle will have an electric motor to make pedaling easier, especially on hills, but will still require the rider to pedal in order to propel the bicycle up to a top speed of 20 MPH. Scoot’s San Francisco General Manager, Bob Walsh says “As a life-long San Franciscan and cyclist, I am excited to help increase cycling in San Francisco by offering people a quick, easy, affordable way to bike around the city.”

Scoot will start with hundreds of the new electric bicycles in the early springtime and grow the fleet to meet demand. Scoot will also be adding more scooters and other types of the electric vehicles to its app in 2018 as demand in San Francisco is strong.

Media contact:
Stephen Rodriguez


Urban Transit Pioneer, Scoot Networks, Unveils Blueprint for Shared Electric Mobility to Solve Traffic Congestion and Emission Challenges in World’s Largest Cities
Scoot Mobility Operating System (MOS) partners include Renault-Nissan, Mahindra GenZe and emco

SAN FRANCISCO, March 9, 2017 — Scoot Networks, Inc., the leading provider of shared, light electric vehicle (LEV) services, today announced its international expansion with the unveiling of the Scoot Mobility Operating System (Scoot MOS), a platform for shared LEV services in densely populated cities. In partnering with the top manufacturers in the LEV space, including Renault-Nissan and Mahindra GenZe, Scoot will bring its proven model to new cities throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia to help new LEV services achieve – and exceed – Scoot’s own success in the U.S.

“As consumers move towards cleaner, more efficient transportation options, demand is swelling for our fully-electric scooters, particularly in traffic-stressed cities,” said Tom Valasek, Chief Marketing Officer at Mahindra GenZe. “That’s the market opportunity that we’re seizing with Scoot. Scoot MOS provides our fleet customers with a swift, seamless model to grow their business in the biggest metros around the world.”

Launched in 2012 in one of the most competitive transit markets in the world, San Francisco, Scoot created the first shared LEV service, serving thousands of riders in San Francisco with over 800 vehicles. Scoot riders have logged more than 3 million kilometers on Scoot’s clean, electric fleet, eliminating 783 metric tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Now, with the debut of Scoot MOS, Scoot is bringing this highly successful solution to urban traffic congestion to cities around the world in partnership with leading local partners. These companies benefit from Scoot’s extensive operating experience and from the Scoot MOS platform, while also gaining access to world-class LEVs including: the Renault Twizy electric quadracycle, the Mahindra GenZe 2.0 electric scooter, the GOVECS T Series cargo scooter, and the emco electric scooter. Scoot and its partners will make shared LEVs a cornerstone of transportation in cities around the world.

“Today, city residents want the flexibility afforded by cars, but are foregoing personal ownership in favor of shared electric scooters, which have become our fastest growing market segment,” said Raymon Pouwels, Commercial Advisor, Emco-Elektroroller. “In partnering with Scoot, we’re able to meet this demand while bringing our customers what they require: efficient, cost-effective, clean transportation options.”

Introducing Scoot MOS: The platform for shared light electric vehicles

Designed by and for mobility service providers, Scoot MOS offers a complete management platform for any LEV service, including e-scooters, e-bikes, and three- and four-wheelers. With proprietary, LEV-specific, in-vehicle electronics, an intuitive rider app, and comprehensive vehicle, customer, parking, and charging software, Scoot MOS is the complete package electric mobility services need to succeed in a complex business. To learn more, please visit

“Over the last five years, we’ve seen a surge in adoption of transportation innovations, from car sharing to ride sharing and bike sharing. But, a huge gap exists between bikes, buses and trains – which are too slow – and ride sharing and car ownership, which are too expensive and problematic in the city,” said Michael Keating, Scoot Founder & CEO. “As demand grows for capital-light, immediate urban transit solutions, we’re working with world-class partners to deploy the new transit future: fast, affordable, shared electric vehicles.”


San Francisco, CA – June 28 2016 – Scoot Networks, Inc. announced today that it has closed a new round of financing led by Mahindra Partners and Vision Ridge Capital, with participation from Tom Dinwoodie and other investors from previous rounds. This financing round closes simultaneously with Scoot’s significant network expansion supported by a brand new fleet of hundreds of Mahindra Genze electric scooters.

“We are proving that electric transportation can be both affordable and profitable,” says Scoot Founder & CEO Michael Keating. “We now have the vehicles and resources we need to scale the business, thanks to our partnership with Mahindra and the ongoing support of our earlier investors.”

Used by thousands of people every month, Scoot riders have traveled over 1,000,000 zero-emission miles to date. Scoots are mopeds and do not require a motorcycle license to operate.

“At Vision Ridge, we’re big believers in next generation transportation models,” says Reuben Munger, Managing Partner at Vision Ridge. “Scoot has developed very successfully since we invested two years ago.  Mahindra becoming a major stakeholder is testament to Scoot’s benefits for commuters, the environment, and the future livability of major cities around the world.”

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, said of the transaction: “We are excited to partner with the terrific team at Scoot Networks to provide a sustainable solution to the growing challenges associated with urban commuting – parking, congestion, and pollution. The GenZe 2.0 is designed to intelligently address these challenges by offering relevant and affordable technology.”

Zhooben Bhiwandiwala, Managing Partner, Mahindra Partners, said: “Mahindra’s business practices emphasize our sustainable corporate philosophy. Scoot’s service is both consumer friendly and ecologically sustainable. The problem they are addressing is global in nature and will grow in importance over the next few decades with the continued concentration of populations within dense urban centers”.

Scoot Networks will use the new capital to continue the expansion of their San Francisco service and prepare to enter new markets in 2017.

About Scoot Networks

Scoot offers Electric Vehicles for Everyone: Hundreds of shared, smartphone-activated, electric motor scooters and mini cars available all over San Francisco for just $4 per ride. Used by thousands of people every month, Scoot riders have travelled over 1,000,000 zero-emission miles to date. Scoots are mopeds and do not require a motorcycle license to operate.

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Press Contact

Stephen Rodriguez



About Vision Ridge

Launched in 2008 to back transformative growth companies in sustainable energy, Vision Ridge Partners is an investment firm focused on changing the future. Our vision is to unleash capital markets to solve our generation’s greatest challenge: the threat posed to our planet by climate change.


Press Contact

Nancy Hegele


Phone: 720-616-6508

About Mahindra Partners

Mahindra Partners is a $900 million private equity and venture capital division of the Mahindra Group. Our aim is to grow and build great companies. The diversity of our portfolio — from steel processing and renewable energy to vocational education, retail, consulting infrastructure projects and media interests — reflects our ability to operate across diverse sectors. We provide capital and expertise to support  our portfolio companies through many different phases of growth.


Press Contact

Brinda Chugani


Phone: +91 9819952622


Company Scales with City Growth Spike and Offers Keyless Scooters to all Members

San Francisco, California – June, 18 2016 – Scoot Networks – – creators of the San Francisco electric scooter-sharing community, has partnered with Genze – – to expand their fleet with new scooters.

Scoot Networks has grown exponentially since 2012 in order to keep up with the urban mobility needs of San Francisco. Scoot allows SF locals to rent vespa-style, all-electric scooters and ride them anywhere in the city. With the convenience of charging stations and ample access to street parking, riding with Scoot is a seamless experience. In addition to the convenience and low cost, there are no hurdles in regards to obtaining a license as Scoots have a maximum speed of 30 MPH, so they do not require a motorcycle license.

There will be a major expansion of new scooters on the streets of San Francisco in the coming months, all of which are made in Ann Arbor, Michigan. These advanced new Scoots have no keys and are unlocked using only a smartphone.

“We’ve never been able to fully meet our riders’ demand for scoots until now. The electric scooter is the best way to get around town, and now our riders will be able to get one whenever they need to go anywhere”, says Michael Keating, Scoot founder and CEO. “Anyone in SF will be able to get from point A to B quickly and affordably. Our partnership with Genze is huge for San Francisco, huge for the other cities where we’ll one day operate, and huge for electric  transportation around the world.”

About Scoot

Scoot launched in 2012 to offer fast, affordable, green transportation in cities. Scoots are shared, electric, smartphone-activated motor scooters. At Scoot we teach you how to ride the scoots, we keep the scoots running, and we find places to put more scoots to make the network bigger. Scoots are fast, cheap, and easy to park. Scoot riders have travelled over 1,000,000 miles to date.

Scoot Networks has developed proprietary vehicle networking hardware and smartphone apps to give customers on-demand access to all Scoot vehicles as well as a parking and charging network. This technology also gives the Scoot fleet management team a suite of monitoring, maintenance, and security capabilities not found in vehicle fleets managed by much larger companies.

Scoot Networks plans to grow within San Francisco, and to launch in many other cities around the world.

Press Contact

Stephen Rodriguez


Phone: 415-385-1292

Scoot riders have ridden one million miles in San Francisco to date

SAN FRANCISCO (March 15th, 2016) – Scoot has reached 1,000,000 miles in San Francisco today. Thousands of members have taken thousands of rides over the past 3.5 years. Scoot launched to the public in September 2012, with just 35 scooters & 5 locations. Each year, Scoot has expanded its reach and availability for residents of the City by the Bay.

San Francisco is, as we know, 7×7 so scooting one million miles is like riding from SOMA to Ocean Beach 142,857 times. More importantly, if every one of those million miles had been in a car or taxi, instead of on an electric scooter, there’d be an additional 1.2 million pounds of CO2 in the atmosphere. But there isn’t! Instead, our community rode one million electric miles on two wheels, thousands of times. It also means we’re making an impact on the environment, on pollution, and on traffic congestion — and we’re doing it in an affordable, efficient, and fun way. Needless to say, here at Scoot we’re grinning from blinker to blinker.

What it takes to reach two commas

We’ve reached this huge milestone 3.5 years after launching. Scoot started with 35 scooters and 4 garages to pick up and drop-off from. Today, we have 400 scoots, along with 10 quads, and parking available inside 45 garages and on the street in neighborhoods all around the city. We’ve made enormous progress and owe a lot to our partnerships with parking garages, city officials, and more than anyone, the enormous and enthusiastic community of riders who scoot day in and day out.

Our founder and CEO, Michael Keating: “This is a huge milestone for Scoot, but it’s just the beginning. Our second million is just a few months away. Our service is growing exponentially.”

About Scoot

Scoot, launched in 2012, is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The venture-backed electric transportation company has grown in San Francisco to accommodate one-way zero-emission rides starting at $2 per half-hour. Scoots can park in over 40 neighborhoods in San Francisco. The Scoot fleet of hundreds of light electric vehicles are available to riders through a smartphone app. No motorcycle license is required to ride scoots. Scoot riders have travelled over one million miles in San Francisco. More information about Scoot Networks can be found at

Nissan partners with Scoot Networks to study the future of transportation

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 17, 2015) – Today, San Franciscans have a new way to ride around the city with the addition of 10 all-electric Nissan New Mobility Concept vehicles to the Scoot Networks mobility service.

The Nissan New Mobility Concept, also known as a Scoot Quad, is a 100 percent electric, two-seater compact vehicle with a range of 40 miles and top speed of 25 mph—perfect for driving in urban areas.

“As large cities continue to grow into megacities globally, we need to understand how transportation is changing and look ahead to anticipate what transportation needs will look like in the future,” said Rachel Nguyen, executive director, Nissan Future Lab. “Scoot Networks is an ideal partner in this research project because they are fulfilling a need that has emerged in the San Francisco market, and they share a similar commitment to zero-emissions mobility.”

The Scoot Quad joins the Scoot family of light electric vehicles—including a classic electric moped and a larger cargo outfit—and it is Scoot’s first foray on four wheels. The Scoot fleet is currently comprised of 400 customized electric scooters that go up to 30 mph and have a range of 20 to 25 miles. San Francisco residents use Scoots for a variety of activities such as quick commutes across town, running errands or as a fun way to explore the city.

“Scoot isn’t just for scooters. If it’s small, electric and fun, you will be able to find it in the Scoot app and ride it all over the city,” said Michael Keating, founder and CEO, Scoot Networks. “We are proud to partner with Nissan to make a new form of urban electric mobility available to our riders.”

Nissan has been making electric vehicles available to the mass market for nearly five years. Since the first Nissan LEAF delivery to a Bay Area resident in December 2010, Nissan has sold more than 192,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles globally and about 86,000 in the United States. Nissan also recently announced that the new 2016 LEAF boasts an EPA-rated 107 miles of range on the SV and SL models, making Nissan LEAF the first affordably priced electric car to get more than 100 miles of range on a single charge.

Now, with the addition of the Scoot Quad to the Scoot Networks fleet, Nissan will be evaluating the role electric vehicles will play as transportation options and needs continue to evolve.

Bay Area residents can join Scoot and rent Scoot Quads starting Oct. 17. Riders simply use the Scoot Networks app — offered on both iOS and Android devices — to find the nearest Scoot Quad. Rides start at $8 per half-hour or $80 per day.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and, or visit the U.S. media sites and

About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at

About Scoot Networks

Scoot Networks, launched in 2012, is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The start-up electric transportation company offers one-way, zero-emission rides starting at $2 per half-hour. Scoots can park in over 40 neighborhoods in San Francisco. The Scoot fleet of hundreds of light electric vehicles are available to riders through a smartphone app. No motorcycle license is required to ride scoots. More information about Scoot Networks can be found at


Scoot’s Shared Electric Moped Service Area Expands 10X Thanks to New SF Parking Policy

SAN FRANCISCO, September 18, 2015 – The most expensive city to live in the US just got a little more affordable to get around in, while also getting more sustainable environmentally. A new parking policy announced on Sept. 1st by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority now allows electric mopeds to park anywhere – even in areas previously restricted by the Residential Parking Permit program.  Scoot Networks has responded by expanding the area of the city it serves tenfold thanks to this new policy.

The new expanded service area will give more San Franciscans access to one of the most affordable transportation services in the city.  Scoot members will now be able to park within a block of their destination in over 40 neighborhoods. Many of Scoot’s members do not own cars, but have benefited from access to Scoot’s on-street parking program, which allow members to do one-way trips between different parts of the city.

“Many of our riders don’t have cars, and Scoot helps them avoid buying one and adding to San Francisco’s parking congestion. People use Scoot for commuting, for errands, for fun, and for work,” said Michael Keating, Founder & CEO, Scoot Networks. “Now we can bring electric, shared transportation to some of the busiest neighborhoods in San Francisco.”

According to the policy, electric mopeds are now officially exempt from parking time limits in residential parking permit (RPP) areas. Previously, Scoot riders who lived in these areas, which include many densely populated areas of San Francisco, could not park a scoot on their own street without risking a hefty $78 ticket. Now those riders and many others can access $2 personal electric transportation on ten times as many streets, making getting around the city fast, affordable, and sustainable for thousands more San Franciscans.

Cheryl Brinkman, Vice-Chairman of the SFMTA Board of Directors, told the San Francisco Examiner (9/3/15): “I’m very glad that [SFMTA staff] could take action on this issue. This is a great first step towards making curbside space available to all residents, regardless of their car owning status.”


The pilot policy, which is in effect while SFMTA conducts a broader reevaluation of its residential parking permit program, states that scoots and other electric mopeds can park in one of the following ways in permit areas:

•  Perpendicular to the curb and at a curb segment too small to fit a car (eight feet or shorter)

•  In a marked, non-metered motorcycle parking stall

Scoot Networks launched the first on-demand, smartphone-activated electric moped service in San Francisco in 2012 and has since grown to a fleet of 400 scooters and thousands of members making zero-emission trips throughout the city for just a few dollars per ride.

Scoot Networks Expands Fleet by 60%: New Cargo Scooters Broaden Trip Types for Members

Scoot Networks, the San Francisco-based provider of on-demand electric vehicles announces the arrival of 150 new electric cargo scooters

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, 2015 – Today the Scoot fleet expands to over 400 electric vehicles available across San Francisco. “We are expanding our fleet to keep up with growing demand. Our riders love scooting, and have asked for ways to carry more. Now with the Scoot Cargo, we are enabling our riders to take more trips and carry groceries or deliveries. In fact, couriers who use Scoot to make deliveries are among our best customers,” says Scoot Networks Founder & CEO Michael Keating.

The new Scoot Cargo has more than double the cargo space of the original scoot. It also has bigger wheels and a cargo-tuned suspension to improve handling even with a load of groceries in the trunk.

Like all scoots, the Scoot Cargo is smartphone-activated, can be picked up and dropped off at any of more than 80 locations around San Francisco, can be ridden for up to 20 miles on a single charge, has a top speed of 30 MPH, and does not require a motorcycle license to operate. The Scoot Cargo is initially available for $20 per day, with half-hourly pricing starting at $2.

“Our job at Scoot is to bring fast, cheap, green transportation to the masses, while continuing to provide this service on demand. As we expand to new types of vehicles, we seek to provide the ultimate electric transportation service to our members,” says Scoot Networks Vice President of Fleet Mike Waltman.

Scoot members can ride a Scoot Cargo by reserving it from their smartphone. The Scoot app is available on iOS & Android.