It’s been almost a week since Skip suspended its scooters from Washington D.C. and Arlington, Virginia due to the external battery fire incident.
Skip is slowly releasing inspected scooters back into the D.C. market. Rangers are instructed to bring in the caged scooters to the service center to be inspected. Only the ones that pass the inspection are allowed to be released in the drop zones.
Here is the update from Skip.
Hello Rangers, we have an update regarding scooter deployments!
Before any scooters are to be deployed, the batteries must first be inspected by a member of our operations team. If any of your scooters have an external battery case (the protective metal wire unit surrounding the battery on the stem), you may bring them to our repair location for inspection starting now through the evening and night.
Only scooters with these battery cases will be deployed directly to the streets (after inspection). For scooters without cases, you may either continue to hold them until later this week (still earning $1 per day per scooter held), or you may bring them to our repair location to drop off throughout the night and evening. Let us know if you have any questions!
Hello Rangers – this is a reminder that you CANNOT deploy your scooters on your own until they have been inspected or taken into possession by a member of the Skip operations team.
You may see dropzones available, but these are ONLY for the Rangers who have taken their scooters into our repair location. Please see the previous message for instruction, and thank you for your help!
Skip is not sure what to do about the ones without cage. My advice is.. just remove the external batteries for now until they find a solution. Those external batteries are nothing but trouble.