The gig economy in North America continues to grow, led in part by a rise in demand for food delivery services.
From fast food to grocery hauls, getting grub delivered to the door is an increasingly popular option throughout urban regions of Canada.
A company based in Vancouver has developed a mode of transportation targeting this growing armada of gig economy delivery persons.
Scootility has created a specially designed electric scooter with a flagship feature: a removable 140-litre cargo box that is both secure and weatherproof.
Developed in collaboration with Springtime Design and Engineering Design Lab, the e-scooter also features small wheels with thick tires and full suspension for rider comfort and cargo protection, while its compact form allows for a tight turning radius and narrow footprint in traffic.
Cargo, comfort, and compactness: That is the trifecta of Scootility, according to the company’s website.
Claiming advantages of agility, maneuverability, and practicality over cars, bicycles, and cargo e-bikes, Scootility asserts its scooter is “a perfect fit for rapid urban deliveries of meals, groceries, and other items.”
Beyond that market, the startup believes its utility scooter is “ideal for staff on campuses, technicians for service providers, emergency responders in congested urban environments, and a wide range of other use cases in corporate and institutional fleets.”
Founded by Antonio Loro, Scootility is currently seeking seed financing to accelerate its prototype toward full production.
The BC startup believes it “presents a rare opportunity for investors to capitalize on an overlooked gap in the market with a highly differentiated product that cuts through the noise.”