Inboard refunds electric scooter customers as it pivots to shared fleets


Electric skateboard startup Inboard Technology no longer plans to sell its upcoming Glider electric scooter directly to consumers. Instead, the company will focus on selling fleets of the scooter to businesses and transportation companies to be used on campuses, at resorts, or on city streets in both docked and dockless configurations. All customers who plunked down a $349 deposit for the $1,299 electric scooter will be refunded, the company says.

Those refunds will start going out today to the 1,500 people who put down deposits, according to Inboard, and they will all be processed by April 15th. The scooter, now called the G1 Glider, was originally supposed to launch in February.

The company’s new direction will start to take shape when Inboard announces its first partnership with a large transportation company later this year, CEO Ryan Evans tells The Verge. The startup will also work with “much smaller operators of fleets that include hotels, resorts, corporate campuses, and business parks,” he says. To handle the demand for this newly focused push on providing fleets of scooters, Evans says Inboard will partner with “one of the world’s leading contract manufacturers,” though he declined to name which one.