Bird, the start-up company of electric scooters, which has helped to set off the upsurge of sharing micro mobility, is redoubling its efforts to develop the personal ownership of its vehicles. Over the weekend, the company launched a new foldable electric scooter, the bird air, which users can buy for a one-time price of $599. It’s not the most powerful scooter on the market, with a top speed of 16 mph (25 kph) and a range of 16 mph (25 km). But the bird air costs $599, much less than the company’s first retail scooter, the bird one, which costs $1299. < / P > < p > bird air was designed in-house by bird’s aerospace and Automotive Engineers & quot; team and worked with Chinese Scooter company Okai to produce the bird zero scooter, which had previously purchased scooter hardware from Segway ninebot. < / P > < p > bird will change from leasing to selling scooters for the first time in mid-2019. When the company was founded in Santa Monica, California in 2017, its fleet consisted mainly of consumer scooters produced by Xiaomi and Segway ninebot, which are rapidly depreciated. Bird lost money on every trip, but after raising millions of dollars in venture capital, they successfully expanded their operations, and then bird began offering monthly rental services for its scooters. < / P > < p > bird announced that it raised $75 million in round D financing in January last year, and the company later lost two city wide license bids in Paris and Seattle, but won one in Chicago. < / P > < p > covid-19 has brought the scooter industry to a standstill. As Scooter Companies pull their vehicles off the city streets, the number of renters has dropped sharply. Bird and lime, two of the largest companies in terms of fleet size and valuation, have made massive layoffs, eliminating about 580 full-time jobs. Uber has tied its jump bike sharing and scooter business to lime as part of its investment, which will reduce the valuation of lime by nearly 80%. < / P > < p > but the industry is slowly recovering as interest in bicycles and other alternative forms of transportation has picked up. As they look for safe ways to travel, city residents are also using scooters for longer trips. Last week, lime reported that since the onset of the epidemic, on average, scooter travel time has increased by 34% and distance has increased by 18%. Apple extends AppleCare + purchase period: users can decide within 60 days