There's a new scooter in town.
Unagi, an Oakland-based electric scooter company, announced it is launching a monthly subscription service in Austin, along with five other large U.S. cities, on Wednesday. The service was previously only available in New York and Los Angeles.
For $49 a month, Unagi customers will receive a stylish electric scooter—which retails for nearly $1,000—as well as maintenance and insurance coverage.
In addition to Austin, Unagi is also expanding its subscription model to Miami, Nashville, Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle. The announcement was coupled with the news that Unagi has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding.
Unagi's arrival comes after the departure of a number of shared electric scooter companies—including Lyft, Spin and Revel—over the course of the pandemic.
Unlike shared scooter companies, Unagi's service operates more like a rental, with unlimited ride time and other perks.
Between Jan. 1 and Monday, the Austin transportation department has recorded 254,965 total micro-mobility trips. In comparison, over the same time period last year, there were more than double that number—634,985 trips—tallied.
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Elon Musk has placed an order for a new, top-of-the-line private jet: a Gulfstream G700, Austonia has learned. Delivery is expected in early 2023.
Billed as offering “the most spacious cabin in history,” the aircraft seats 19 and soars above the rest of us at up to 51,000 feet. Base price: $78 million.
The Gulfstream G700 was awarded the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Award for excellence in cabin design this year. (Gulfstream)
According to the Gulfstream website, the G700 can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles without refueling, enough range to fly nonstop from Austin to Hong Kong. Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, it has its own Wi-Fi system, 20 oval windows measuring 28” x 21”, and two lavatories.
The sweet new ride will replace his current top-of-line private jet: a 2015 Gulfstream G650, the aircraft that has been made somewhat famous by the automated @elonjet Twitter account, which tracks and reports his personal aircraft’s movements using public data.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. Apx. flt. time 44 Mins. pic.twitter.com/jZ7HI0i4iV
— ElonJet (@ElonJet) June 24, 2022
Musk has repeatedly championed “free speech” as a guiding ethic in his planned purchase of Twitter. Last December, Musk offered the teenager who built the @elonjet tracker $50,000 to shut it down, citing security concerns. It’s still up.
According to the @elonjet account, Musk’s jet last traveled to Austin, where it’s been since June 23. The associated data says that his flight to Austin burned $2,573 worth of aviation fuel and discharged 4 tons of carbon dioxide.
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