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Exploring the Rise of Electric Scooters in the United States

With the rapid expansion of electric scooter companies such as Lime, Bird, and Spin in recent years, it's evident that the popularity of this eco-friendly transportation method is on the rise. In this article, we will delve into the phenomena of electric scooters and provide an estimation of how many are currently in use across the United States.

Starting off with a brief background, electric scooters first made their appearance in the US around 2017, initially introduced as a quick, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly solution to urban commuting. These scooters are powered by rechargeable batteries and can be rented using smartphone apps, making them widely accessible and user-friendly.

While exact numbers of electric scooters in use in the US are difficult to determine, it is estimated that there are currently over 100,000 scooters available on American streets. These numbers continue to rise as companies expand their e-scooter fleets to meet the increasing demand.

To provide a snapshot of the prevalence of electric scooters in the US, here are some facts and figures related to prominent e-scooter companies:

  1. Lime - As one of the largest electric scooter providers in the US, Lime reported in 2019 that they recorded more than 50 million rides since they began operations in 2017, with 30 million of those rides occurring in 2019 alone.

  2. Bird - Another major e-scooter company, Bird, operates in over 100 cities across North America and Europe. In May 2019, the company celebrated its 50 millionth ride since its launch in September 2017.

  3. Spin - Acquired by Ford in 2018, Spin currently offers electric scooter rentals Spin - Acquired by Ford in 2018, Spin currently offers electric scooter rentals Spin - Acquired by Ford in 2018, Spin currently offers electric scooter rentals in over 60 cities and college campuses, with continuous plans for expansion.

It is important to note that these figures represent only a fraction of the electric scooters in the US, as they do not account for other e-scooter companies like Skip, Scoot, Razor, Lyft, or even privately-owned electric scooters.

In conclusion, the number of electric scooters in the US is continually growing as the demand for efficient, eco-friendly transportation evolves. Though it is challenging to pin down an exact figure, it appears that over 100,000 e-scooters are currently in circulation, and this number will undoubtedly continue to rise. With the ever-present need for sustainable transportation solutions, the electric scooter trend is only expected to gain momentum in the coming years.

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