As you can see from my last post about Skip returning to Virginia, I was so excited to see them coming back to Arlington. Well, I celebrated too early. Here is what happened.
During the day, all of the scooters in D.C. converted to move tasks. I thought it was to move the scooters to the drop zones in Virginia. Later in the evening, I noticed something strange. All of the move tasks disappeared and then changed to capture tasks.
Even with the move tasks, it was like a war zone. I saw big trucks and vans roaming through Arlington collecting and releasing Skip scooters everywhere. I saw a cluster of Skip scooters on every block. All the sudden, I saw those trucks and crews collecting all the scooters they dropped off back into their truck bed. I thought something was up. Then I realized that Skip made another announcement about collect and hold due to another fire incident in their warehouse.
I managed to collect 15 Skip scooters before I ran out of space in my car. Other Rangers I know managed to collecting anywhere between 30-60 within an hour.
It is really an unfortunate that Skip is keep having issues with the external batteries. I really wish they just drop it altogether. Those external batteries are nothing but trouble. I understand that it gives you an extra 10 miles or profit, but is it really worth it. If they are suspending its fleet for another month, they will be missing 2 straight months of the prime season for scooter riders.
After a recent isolated incident involving an external battery in DC, DDOT cleared Skip to return after we agreed to make certain changes to install battery cages and other enhancements to battery monitoring software.
We thank you for your patience while we worked to ensure the safety of our Riders and Rangers.
As of June 5th only scooters that have these changes and those that pass an additional visual inspection are being deployed, and we do not believe there is any increased risk charging these vehicles as you normally would.
If you see a scooter without a battery cage in the field please bring it to our location at 1990 K St. NW and you will be compensated for a full pickup and repair drop.Email from Skip Scooters
We’d like to give you an update on our operations in DC.
We are suspending service for at least 30 days, complying with a DDOT order after informing them of an incident that occurred earlier today in our warehouse. There was a small fire in a storage area caused by a battery that had been previously removed from service.
This was not an issue with scooters in the field across our cities, either deployed or charging. We are fully cooperating with authorities to ensure a speedy and responsible return to DC.
Thank you for your support and patience.
I really hope they work closely with DDOT and relaunch soon. I can’t wait to charge Skip scooters again.