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

After making waves with the biggest IPO of 2021, electric bikes could be next on the agenda for Amazon-backed electric automaker Rivian.

As eagle-eyed observers at Rivian Forums pointed out earlier this week, the Irvine-based company has filed a new trademark covering bicycles, electric bicycles and an array of related parts and components. The trademark application could indicate that Rivian is plotting a foray into the e-bike space; such a move would diversify its offerings with a product that would be cheaper to produce and purchase than the company’s SUVs and pickup trucks.

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David Lin wants to create a world where you can “boil water and then buy the pasta.”

He’s the co-founder and CEO of Duffl, a UCLA-based startup that promises ultra-fast delivery via e-scooter to college students craving hot cheetos or Guayaki—or as the company’s cheeky Twitter bio proclaims: “The only thing you want to come in under 10 minutes.”

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When Florida-based EV operator Blink Mobility announced in September 2020 that it had acquired BlueLA, the official contractor for the city of Los Angeles’ EV car-sharing program, there were plenty of red flags.

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