UPDATE: Wheels e-scooters cost $1 to unlock and 29 cents a minute to ride.
Wheels (Website), is the latest micro-mobility company to launch its fleet of dockless e-scooters in Orlando but this one comes with a seat.
The sit-down scooters come with a seat for their riders and larger 14-inch wheels which give them a lower center of gravity than their stand-up counterparts and lets them better deal with uneven road surfaces like brick streets. That, coupled with the fact that the seat gives them different allowances on public streets, means that the City of Orlando has cleared them for on-road use at speeds of 20 mph. That’s 10 mph faster than Lime and Lynx are allowed to operate on City sidewalks.
The e-scooters will also have a smart helmet system that lets riders access them on the actual machine but may not be launching with them installed and will potentially be added at a later date.
Wheels will be distributing their fleet throughout downtown Orlando, College Park, and Park Lake Highland.
In most cities, Wheels rentals are free to unlock and cost 35 cents a minute to ride.
Those numbers have not yet been announced publicly for Orlando. See update at top of page for Orlando prices.
Wheels is currently hiring multiple locations, including Operations Manager, Field and Warehouse Operations Supervisors, and a team of local mechanics and field operations specialists.