Phoenix-based Phat Scooters make a splash with electric vehicles

Phoenix-based Phat Scooters make a splash with electrical autos

Peter Johnson took a trip 4 years in the past that modified his life. 

He was tooling across the Arcadia neighborhood on a electrical scooter from China {that a} pal had purchased when he observed a variety of consideration from folks within the space.

“Inside a mile, we received stopped perhaps 15 occasions by folks asking what we have been using,” Johnson stated. “I knew there was one thing there.”

Johnson now sells custom-made electrical scooters by way of Phat Scooters, a Phoenix firm that he based with two companions. Johnson expects to promote 3,000 of the mini, wide-tire autos this yr at costs starting from about $2,400 to $6,000. Gross sales would possibly double subsequent yr, he forecasts. 

Quick out the gate

Phat Scooters logged 22 gross sales the primary day a cargo of scooters arrived from China, and the tempo hasn’t let up. The corporate has gone from a handful of workers to greater than 60 in lower than 4 years.

Prospects embrace companies and customers of all ages, stated Rick Johnson, Peter’s father and the chief working officer of Phat Scooters. “We promote to a variety of outdated guys who used to trip Harleys however cannot get their legs over the bike anymore,” he stated.

Quarterbacks Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals and Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys have purchased scooters for his or her offensive linemen, Rick Johnson stated. Varied different athletes and celebrities have turn out to be clients, too.

The corporate promotes its scooters in varied methods and even has a reality-TV present within the works. Extra info on that, pricing and choices could be seen at https://phatscooters.com. Phat Scooters additionally sells on Shopify and thru different retailers.

Rivals embrace Skooza and different firms, together with these based mostly in China.

Enterprise functions vary from pizza deliveries to police patrolling in crowded areas.

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Increase from pandemic

Phat Scooters was helped by the COVID-19 pandemic in a few methods. For one, the scooters could be geared up to hold golf baggage and thus make a superb possibility for golf programs looking for to advertise social distancing amongst clients. They’re much less heavy and costly than common carts but nonetheless provide a cushty trip.

“It is like using a sofa,” stated skilled golfer Pat Perez in a testimonial on the corporate’s web site.

Additionally, the pandemic has meant lots of people are all of a sudden working from residence with time on their palms, on the lookout for enjoyable issues to do.

The electric scooter called "Phatty" was a personal project of Peter Johnson, Beau Ralphs and Dan Hankins. However, their personal project quickly gained attention and soon lead to the business's founding in 2017.

The scooters could be ridden in bicycle lanes and sidewalks with out a license or registration, Rick Johnson stated. They weigh as much as about 180 kilos, go as much as 20 miles per hour and might run 30 to 50 miles with out a cost. Charging could be completed on commonplace electrical retailers. 

Phat Scooters would not go away autos mendacity round public areas for hire, although some firms which have bought scooters lease them at seaside areas and different vacationer locations.

Manufacturing shift to North America

The corporate lately moved right into a three-acre facility south of Sky Harbor Worldwide Airport, at 3637 E. Miami Ave. in Phoenix, the place it exams and inspects the scooters after they arrive from China. Potential clients can take a check drive on the location.

Phat Scooters is working to deliver extra of its scooter manufacturing to North America. It lately began making scooter frames in Mexico and can quickly make motors there. Electrical-wiring harnesses will likely be bought from a metro-Phoenix provider.

Chinese language imports are topic to tariffs starting from 10% to twenty-eight%, relying on the half, Rick Johnson added. Manufacturing in North America thus may assist the corporate get monetary savings, enhance high quality and have higher management over its provide chain.

“We’re attempting the whole lot we are able to to place these (shipments) on a truck quite than a ship,” he stated. 

Attain the reporter at russ.wiles@arizonarepublic.com.