Surge pricing for scooters? Uber’s Jump will test prices in Dallas that go up or down based on demand TDMN Instagram Icon Email Icon Email Icon Instagram Icon TDMN

Uber’s electric scooter company Jump will soon test a new pricing model in Dallas to try to accelerate use of its two-wheelers, company officials said. Starting next week, scooter riders will pay higher or lower prices based on historical demand in different parts of the city. The price will range from 15 cents to 45 cents per minute. It will be higher in places where the scooters are typically used and lower where they’re often parked. Uber is doing the approximately two-month test in two markets: Dallas and Tampa, Fla. Uber spokesman Matt Wing said the company chose the two cities because they have warmer climates where customers continue to use scooters during the fall. By varying prices, Uber wants to increase use of rental scooters that cost money to maintain and recharge — but can languish unused for hours. Uber’s Jump has more than 1,000 scooters in Dallas. It also competes with similar scooter-share companies, including Lime and Bird. Uber pulled its electric bikes out of the Dallas market this summer. “We spend a lot of time researching and bringing them [scooters] into the markets,” Wing said. “If you are going to put in investment to bring them into a city and ...

Review: RadRover fat tire electric bicycle is the affordable fat e-bike I’ve been waiting for

Fat-tire electric bicycles, which feature almost comically large extra-wide tires, can be a blast to ride. The wide tires make you feel like you’re riding on a cushion of air. They also allow riders to traverse terrain such as deep sand and snow that would otherwise be nearly impossible on a typical mountain bike. But the problem with fat tire e-bikes its that the good ones are expensive and the cheap ones are, well, cheap. That’s why I’m so excited by the RadRover fat tire electric bike from Rad Power Bikes. I believe we’ve finally found a goldilocks fat e-bike with a price point and level of quality that is juuuust right. If you aren’t familiar with Rad Power Bikes, they are perhaps one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the US. Instead of investing in a nationwide dealer network, they’ve built a direct-to-consumer model and cut out the middleman. They do almost all of their sales online, and maintain only a select few retail locations. While that means it’s harder to find a bike to test ride, you can ultimately get a better quality e-bike for less cash. I wanted to try this out for myself, especially since I’ve been itching to find a good electric fat tire b...