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Scooters’ Big Challenges: Batteries, Lane Space, Bad Weather

Photo: A technician worked on a Skip scooter at the company's repair shop in San Francisco. Photo: Bloomberg

The electric scooter market has expanded rapidly, yet some scooter executives think the fast growth has obscured real challenges with issues such as hardware, battery charging and road space.

On Thursday, executives at three scooter and bike companies, Ryan Rzepecki, CEO of Uber-owned Jump, Michael Keating, CEO of Scoot, and Darren Weingard, chief legal officer of Skip, explained on a conference call with subscribers of The Information why they think the real battles in the so-called “scooter wars” will be fought over years and decades, not months. In a wide-ranging conversation, they also discussed how some firms are exploring alternative business models and vehicle types, and talked about why the toughest problem in the industry was figuring out low-cost ways to charge scooters and bikes.

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