New Electric Scooters Coming to UToledo

August 17, 2021 | News, UToday
By Tyrel Linkhorn

A new fleet of electric scooters is coming to The University of Toledo this fall that will allow riders to take trips beyond the confines of campus.

Beginning Aug. 24, more than 150 electric scooters owned by the Chicago-based micromobility company Veo will be available to rent from designated pickup spots across campus via a smartphone app.

Through a partnership with the city of Toledo, riders will be able to pilot their scooter across campus or across town.

“We have received so much positive feedback from our students since we first launched a scooter sharing program on campus three years ago,” said Dr. Sammy Spann, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “This new partnership brings exciting new opportunities that will allow students to easily navigate campus as well as explore the surrounding community.”

Veo will provide two options at UToledo — a traditional battery-powered stand-up scooter and a more robust seated version that adds extra stability and range. Both models have a top speed of about 15 mph and feature quick-swapping battery packs.

The company has committed to at least 30 seated scooters and at least 130 standing scooters on the UToledo campus. The scooters will be distributed daily to designated pickup and drop-off spots across campus.

To start a ride, users scan a QR code with the Veo app. Riders pay $1 to unlock the scooter and another 35 cents per minute for the standing scooter and 40 cents per minute for the seated scooter. Scooters must be returned to an approved parking area at the end of the ride.

Veo scooters are already available across Toledo as part of the city’s new electric scooter program.

There is no cost to the University for the program.

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