Micromobility
The latest news about "last-mile" technology and micromobility startups in Southern California from dot.LA

Retrospec, a Los Angeles-based ecommerce brand that sells outdoor recreation and fitness gear, is among the latest companies to enter the e-bike market. It will launch its first line on April 21st.

E-bikes have been on the rise lately, spurred in part by the pandemic and a desire for sustainable, outdoor transit.

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In January 2020, just before the pandemic hit, Irvine-based electric bike manufacturer Super73 had just launched its newest bike models — the S2, R, and RX — and business was surging.

Then the pandemic hit.

"There was a day in March when [Gov. Gavin Newsom] declared a state of emergency, everything shut down, and we saw our sales drop quite a bit. We were like, 'uhhh, buckle up, what's coming?'" said co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Cannavo.

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Unagi, the trendy Oakland e-scooter startup that has drawn fawning comparisons to Apple and Tesla, is expanding its subscription service to a broader swath of Los Angeles and New York, along with six other cities.

Up until last year, the sleek scooters were only available to those who shelled out $990 to purchase one, but COVID accelerated the company's plans to launch a subscription service, which it started testing in parts of L.A. and New York last summer.

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