Our Story: The Beginnings of Zoom Urban Gear

Our Story: The Beginnings of Zoom Urban Gear

Published on 10 / 01 / 23 by Em S.

Welcome to Zoom Urban Gear! We are an electric scooter accessories company focused on providing products that provide safety, style, and convenience to scooter enthusiasts like us. Zoom Urban Gear stands tall as a trailblazer in the industry as we solve many problems riders experience that have never been addressed before. 

You may be asking, who are we? Why listen to us? What do we stand for? As a newer business in the industry, it might be wise to introduce ourselves, our products, and what you can expect from us in the future. 

Our company started with chance encounter with electric scooters on a trip to Finland in 2021 and has evolved into a passionate commitment to revolutionizing urban transportation. 

Where We Began - Why Electric Scooter Accessories Are Our Passion

It all started with a tourist's adventure through Turku, Finland, a small cobblestone city that used to be the country's capital. By chance, electric scooters became the best option for exploring the city and offering convenient transportation between destinations. This experience sparked the beginning of a passion for electric scooters. Almost immediately upon returning to sunny Florida, that tourist purchased an electric scooter.

The idea of transporting the scooter and exploring Florida's extensive paved bike trails led to an Amazon search for protective scooter bags. However, the market lacked options designed specifically for scooters, even for one of the most common brands. The majority of a scooter rider's problems had not been solved. This void ignited the spark that led to the birth of Zoom Urban Gear.

As an innovative professional with a long history in marketing data science, Charlie Hammerslough, the tourist in question and the company's founder, decided to leap. He saw scooters as the future of transportation and wanted to participate in the action. In the Fall of 2022, Zoom Urban Gear was born.

Where Are We Now

As of Fall, 2023, Zoom Urban Gear is a brand full of innovation. In 2022, we showed prototypes at two of the Electrify Expo consumer shows to talk to scooterists about what products they want to see in the market.  That makes sense for a company born out of frustration that scooter products just aren’t there!

We have patents pending for various scooter accessories in development and have just launched our website.  Our flagship product, The Meerkat scooter stand and accessory hub, was launched at Micromobility America in October 2023.

We are committed to staying close to the scooter community, so we can develop relevant products.  Every product goes out with the email address improve@zoomurbangear.com, which is our hotline to tell us how we can improve and further meet riders’ needs.

Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of electric scooters as a mode of personal transportation through our products and community. Our initial product offerings are super-exciting:

  • The Meerkat scooter stand (available for pre-production reservation)
  • Half- and full-finger scooter gloves
  • Center-of-gravity stickers
  • The “Scooter On” clock
  • Fun scooter-themed stickers
  • …and more to come!

Additionally, we are committed to building a community of electric scooter enthusiasts where riders can find top-notch accessories, valuable information, and insights. Sustainability is at the forefront of our efforts as we seek to reduce our carbon footprint and promote eco-friendly transportation solutions.  Every time you purchase one of our products, you can join the ScooterTribe.  More to come.

Where Are We Going

The electric scooter industry is constantly evolving, and Zoom Urban Gear plans to be at the forefront of innovation. Our focus remains on solving real problems for scooter riders, and our products are designed by scooter enthusiasts, for scooter enthusiasts. We meticulously consider scooter riders' challenges to ensure that our offerings provide practical solutions.

As we shared above, we have a variety of products in development. We go through rounds of prototypes and testing to ensure that they are practical, stylish, and high quality. The scooter hub, our flagship product, will see a launch in 2024. As time passes, you can expect to see even more innovative accessories, informative resources, and community-building initiatives on our website. 

Our vision is to play a pivotal role in promoting electric scooters as a viable and sustainable mode of urban transportation. With that in mind, we plan on being here as an expert in the industry. We will strive to educate riders on safety, provide travel tips, and keep our tribe informed on the latest news in the scooter world. 

The ScooterTribe and Beyond

As Zoom Urban Gear continues to grow, we are excited to cultivate a vibrant ScooterTribe. The tribe will be an inclusive program that provides riders early access to products, super sweet discounts, and more. Who knows? Maybe the Scooter Tribe will become a community for riders nationwide to connect in person!

Make Zoom Urban Gear Your Go-To for Electric Scooter Accessories

Zoom Urban Gear is more than a business; it's a passionate endeavor that aligns with our diverse interests and values. From environmental stewardship to public health advocacy, we are committed to making the world a better place through innovative electric scooter solutions.

 As we forge ahead into the future, we invite you to join us on this electrifying journey. Whether you're a daily scooter rider, a passionate enthusiast, or someone just starting to explore the world of electric scooters, Zoom Urban Gear empowers your ride. Together, we'll make electric scooters safer, more accessible, and more enjoyable. Join us, and let's ride into a brighter, more sustainable future.