Veo has officially launched in the city of San José, California, bringing increased access to sustainable transportation in the community. The Cosmo scooters add a new vehicle type to the city’s micromobility fleet, creating greater accessibility for riders. Next month, Veo will launch an additional fleet of Cosmo scooters in Santa Clara, California as part of the city’s inaugural micromobility programs.
“The City of San José is excited to grant a permit to VEO for their seated e-scooters,” said John Ristow, Director of Transportation at the City of San José. “By making a variety of shared mobility options available to a public with varying needs and abilities, we hope more people will find a device that works for them.”
With large tires and a low center of gravity, the Cosmo seated scooter provides a greater sense of stability and control compared to traditional standing scooters. Veo’s Cosmo seated e-scooter is Veo’s most popular vehicle and increases accessibility for those who do not want to stand or cannot stand for long periods. It also supports longer trips, with riders traveling up to one mile longer than when using standing scooters.
“Veo’s expansion into San José and Santa Clara exemplifies the cities’ commitment to expand sustainable transportation access in the South Bay” said Candice Xie, CEO of Veo. “We’ve worked closely with city leaders to connect communities with a fun, convenient, car-free travel option while bringing new riders into the fold with a seated scooter.”
Climate action is an urgent priority for San José and Santa Clara, who are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation as part of their commitments to go carbon neutral. A robust micromobility program will help advance their ambitious transportation goals by reducing car dependency in the area. In a recent survey, 43% of Veo riders said they have been able to shed a car or decrease their car use because of access to micromobility.
How to Ride
- • Using the Veo app, riders 18 years of age or older scan a QR code to unlock the vehicle. The cost to unlock is $1 and the ride costs $0.39 per minute. Scooters cannot be ridden on sidewalks.
- • To end a trip, the Veo app helps users locate an approved parking area. Riders must take an “end-of-ride” photo of the properly parked scooter.
- • Recommended parking zones, as well as no ride/no parking zones, are highlighted in the Veo app.
- • To celebrate the launch in San José and Santa Clara, Veo is offering a $5 credit that can be redeemed on the app using the code: RIDESOBAY. This credit will be available through the end of September 2022, while supplies last.
- • The Veo Access Plan is available to eligible San José and Santa Clara residents who receive federal, state, or local assistance, and students who are FAFSA eligible. The plan, which has a monthly fee of $5, waives the unlock fee for riders and provides one free 30-minute ride per day. Additional rides are $.20/minute.
As part of the initial launch, Veo staff will be conducting outreach to educate community members about safe riding, hand out free helmets, and sign people up for the Veo Access program.
Get more information about micromobility in San José and Santa Clara.