Electric Kick Scooters
Electric Kick Scooters
  • SA's very first electric kick scooter rentals are coming to Cape Town, and commuters can rent them for as little as R1.50 per minute.   
  • Rides can be requested on an Uber-type app where customers can buy credits for rides.
  • Customers get 10 free credits for rides after downloading the app and can also get 10 extra credits each time they share the app with friends and the app is downloaded. 
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Electric Life Rides will be launching SA’s first electric kick scooter rentals in Cape Town – and they'll be available by the minute if you like, or for a month if you prefer.

The scooters are supposed to let you manoeuvre around traffic in a more environmentally friendly fashion, and will be available during September.

The company plans to branch out to the likes of Johannesburg and Durban soon. 

The scooters are tailored specifically for people who want a vehicle at a flat price and without hassle, says Devan Moodley, the company's chief marketing officer.

“If you are a student [on campus] and you need to go from residence to the engineering faculty, all you need is a kick scooter and it is one kilometre away, which is like a minute or two. Why would you need to pay anything longer than that?”

Electric scooters
Electric scooters

At the the moment, the scooters can only be picked up at The President Hotel in Bantry Bay in Cape Town, and can be used in nearby surrounding areas.

Those who stumble across the scooters can scan a barcode to get to the rental app. You can also go to the website, download the app, register and link your bank card details to buy credits for rides.

Electric Life Rides App
Electric Life Rides App

Pricing is per minute, with one credit buying you one minute. Electric Life sells credits in different sized bundles, with the per-credit cost dropping the bigger the bundle you buy.

Credit package and subscription
Credit package and subscription

There is also a monthly subscription at R1,980, with unlimited mileage.

To get riders to try the system, every referral of a friend comes with 10 credits, the equivalent of 10 minutes of usage.

Riders must be at least 18, and assume liability for a "processing fee" of nearly R3,000 if they vandalise the scooter – on top of repair costs – or a maximum of nearly R5,000 in damages if they take the scooter out of the designated operating area and it can not be rented to someone else.

They must also be sober, and may not be carrying a backpack or briefcase.

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