Features
5 Apr 22

Google’s method to bring employees back to the office: free e-scooters

Google is using micro-mobility to motivate its employees to come back to the office after the pandemic. The technology giant is offering free e-scooters, which are an easy option to resume commuting to the office. 

Under the 'Ride Scoot' programme, Google has partnered with e-scooter manufacturer Unagi to provide its Model One scooter to its employees. Retailing at $990 (€902), the Unagi Model One has a top speed of 32 km/h and a 25 km range. Google employees who join 'Ride Scoot' will get reimbursed for a full monthly subscription.

The idea is to provide a smooth ride to the office or bus stops in Silicon Valley, where Google has a free shuttle bus service. 

Bolstering corporate mobility 

California-based manufacturer Unagi turned out to be the ideal partner for Google's subscription-based free e-scooter programme. Unagi bases its service on monthly subscriptions and has tested this business model in New York and Los Angeles. After several investors raised $10.5 million in May 2021, Unagi set its sights on expanding into more cities across the U.S. and is also planning to launch in Europe. 

Unagi offers a $49 a month subscription in its cities and delivers the Unagi Model One to customers’ addresses. The additional $50 sign-up fee covers maintenance and insurance. 

Unagi will offer Model One e-scooters at various Google offices under the 'Ride Scoot' programme. According to The Verge, employees pay a discounted $44.10 per month and a $50 enrollment fee, which Google will reimburse. The tech giant will also add e-scooter subscriptions as transportation options to its internal employee portal. 

The condition for full reimbursement is to use e-scooters at least nine times a month. Google won’t be tracking its employees, as it plans to use the honour system. The free e-scoote- based mobility model will be available in Google’s main headquarters in Mountain View and in its offices in Seattle, Kirkland, Irvine, Sunnyvale, Playa Vista, Austin, and New York City.

How can corporations utilize the innovations in urban and corporate mobility? Discover the true benefits of smart mobility by joining the Smart Mobility Conference 2022. Register here

Authored by: Mufit Yilmaz Gokmen