If you’ve thought about dabbling in the electronic bike scene but wasn’t sure if you’re ready to commit to buying one, Zoomo might have a good work-around.
The Australian startup has launched an e-bike subscription starting at $29 per week, which works out to be approximately $4.14 per day. Rather than working like the dockless share-bike schemes, where you track down bikes scattered around the city, Zoomo lets you rent and keep the e-bike at your home.
The $29 Classic plan gets you a three-gear bike that weighs 25 kilograms, has a 250-watt front motor delivering seven hours of battery life on a single charge and a top speed of 25 kilometres per hour. The plan is capped to travelling 80 kilometres per week and includes regular maintenance .The $39 Ranger bike is slightly heavier at 26-kilos, has an eight-hour battery charge, a 250-watt rear motor and eight gears. You can get one month free when you subscribe for two months on both of these bikes.
There’s also the $69 MTB plan with a five-hour battery, a 250-watt rear motor and 21 speeds. The top of the range plan is the Zoomo Zero bike. For $89 per week, you get a bike with four-hour fast charging, an eight-hour battery and a 250-watt rear motor. It’s also equipped with an electronic lock.
If you live in Sydney, Zoomo also offers roadside assistance in the CBD, the eastern suburbs, North Sydney, Newtown, Glebe and Marrickville. Riders can also pay extra for insurance, which covers lost and theft.
There’s also a subscription for bike couriers, from $59 per week with unlimited weekly kilometres and maintenance.
Zoomo (formerly Bolt Bikes) was founded in 2017 by ex-Deliveroo and Mobike executive Mina Nada and Michael Johnson. Zoomo says e-bikes are a more environmentally friendly transport option than cars, only emitting 22 grams of CO2 per kilometre, which is less than one tenth of a car’s worth of CO2 per kilometre (271 grams).
The e-bikes are available in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from $29 per week. It has stores in Parramatta and Surry Hills in Sydney, Melbourne's CBD and Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.