Bike- and scooter-share got a third friend last week, when Gotcha debuted an electric trike at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. The trike can seat two riders, hit a top speed of about 25 miles per hour, and go 40 miles on a charge, and features running lights, brake lights, turn signals, and a horn. Its developer says it’s a natural entry into the field of shared micro-mobility, especially for people who aren’t comfortable on a bike or scooter.
Gotcha already has e-bike and e-scooter contracts with 65 campuses and U.S. cities, and says its trike is another good way to get more people out of single-occupancy, gas-powered vehicles. Like its bikes and scooters, the trikes will work via an app, with a per-ride fee for users. This summer, the company plans to introduce a $79 per month subscription that would offer members use of all its vehicles. It plans to get its trikes on the road this spring.