Detroit Auto Show: Current Motor Company

Current Motor Company, the Michigan start up angling to break into the electric-scooter market, has announced plans for what it calls a “Test Pilot” program, under which it will offer a $2,000 price break to customers who agree to share monthly, public feedback on their scooters for one year. But what if a customer isn’t digging his or her scooter, you ask? Current, a company we reported on last November when it began taking orders, said it can handle criticism.

Lauren Flanagan, an investor in the company and a new member of its board, said the company is “smart enough to know we aren’t perfect and don’t have the resources to go through multiple, costly iterations to achieve that perfection. We’re offering white glove service to our customers and we’re prepared to throw down a glove and share the good, bad and ugly in our quest to build the best value EVs in the world.”

Current Motors electric scooters

image via Current Motors

Current is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., and the company is down the road at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Town Square and Smarter Living exhibit. The company said its appearance marked the first by an electric motor scooter at the show.

Current is offering the Test Pilot program on three models that range in price from $6,499 to $7,999, so a $2,000 price break represents a pretty hefty discount.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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