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    Okai News -January 2022

    Okai News - January 2022

    News from Okai

    The whole Okai team wishes you a happy, and foremost healthy, 2022. We hope you’re safe and that your year started as planned. We also want to remind you that the Chinese New Year is right around the corner, which means all orders placed at this point will be shipped after the holiday. Thank you for understanding. 

    In other news...
    It's a wrap! We are back from CES and we had a blast. Check out our highlights
    • Also, thank you to our friends and fans for stopping by our CES booth to say hello. Check out the latest CES reports on YouTube from Out of Spec Scootz and Electric Revolution 
    • New ES500 units (German ABE certification) have arrived and are ready to order
    • Our new flagship, the Okai NEON, is about to arrive in Europe and can be ordered starting in the beginning of February (Check out the latest review of the NEON on Electric Scooter Guide.)
    • We currently have several open positions in our Berlin office (Sales, Marketing, Support, Operations). If you are interested, please get in touch here or check out our careers page

    Latest Reports

    1. Berliners are trying to create a car-free zone larger than the area of Manhattan. 

    2. A pair of major funding deals were recently announced for two European transportation startups: Stockholm-based scooter provider Voi banked $115M in Series D funds as it prepares to file for an IPO, while European super app Bolt raised $355M in a Series E round, achieving decacorn status

    3. Ford-owned micromobility startup Spin is exiting open-permit markets, blaming lack of regulations for creating an "uncertain operating environment."

    4. Milan officially approved a new $226M cycling plan that will connect 80% of the city via bike lanes.

    5. More than four years after the first shared scooters came out, private ownership is starting to take off. McKinsey examines consumer preferences and finds people would rather own an electric scooter than share one by a landslide margin (64% to 6%).

    6. Meanwhile, electric bikes continue to outsell electric cars in the United States, the land where the automobile is supposedly king. 

    7. The top DoorDash orders of 2021 included bedsheets, french fries, Cabernet Sauvignon, ice cream, and live crickets. Very different kinds of products, requiring very different modes of delivery. 

    8. City building startup Culdesac raised a $30M Series A round to develop car-free communities from scratch.

    What We're Reading


    Could New York City grow to fit another quarter million residents? A Rutgers economics professor recently published an ambitious proposal in The New York Times, calling on the city to expand its population by building a new neighborhood atop a 1,760-acre landfill in what is currently the city’s harbor. The waterfront extension would be called "New Mannahatta," and proponents argue that it would achieve multiple goals, including reducing the cost of living by creating new housing, generating economic impact through real-estate development, and providing a land barrier against worsening storm surges and floods brought on by climate change. 


    There has never been a better time to have a big idea to fight transportation pollution and get funding. According to a recent report by PwC, 14 cents of every venture capital dollar invested in the year ending in June 2021 went to climate tech. And the lion’s share of the money—two-thirds!—is going to companies focused on developing cleaner forms of transportation. However, micromobility startups only account for a small fraction of the funding at the present moment.


    Hey world, stop salivating over those idyllic Danish and Dutch bike lanes and go build your own cycling utopias. That’s the gist of a new Slate piece by transportation wonk David Zipper, which argues that global urbanists spend too much time on Twitter idealizing Amsterdam and Copenhagen’s pedestrian- and bike-friendly streets, and not enough time proposing ideas for similar infrastructure in their own communities. It’s an entertaining read: "When I caught up recently with a friend who works at an American nonprofit promoting safe streets, he made a request: 'Please don’t write another article praising Dutch bike paths.'"

    📦 Small Box Store

    As shopping increasingly moves online, The Real Deal reports that major retailers like Walmart are looking for ways to downsize the parking lots at their brick-and-mortar locations. That’s good news for anyone who thinks our society allocates too much space for cars. The problem is that many cities, especially in the United States, demand stores maintain a minimum number of parking spots for shoppers, creating tension between retailers and lawmakers: “Most municipalities now demand more parking spaces per square foot of store space than the retailers want, according to the report, with big chains like Walmart seeking zoning variances so they can decrease the number of spaces the government demands, saving money on the cost of land.”

    🪂 It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane...

    Meituan’s drone delivery ambitions are getting seriously advanced, TechCrunch reports: “Over the past two years, Meituan, one of China’s largest internet companies, has flown 19,000 meals to 8,000 customers across Shenzhen, a city with close to 20 million people. The pilot program is available to just seven neighborhoods, each with a three-kilometer stretch, and only from a select number of merchants. The drones deliver to designated streetside kiosks rather than hover outside people’s windows as envisioned by sci-fi writers.”

    Words of the Month

    German: Dreikäsehoch
    Literally meaning: three cheese high. Most good meals meet this requirement, but this expression is only somewhat related to food. A Dreikäsehoch is what you call a small child who is only as tall as three wheels of cheese stacked on top of each other. All in all, we think using stacks of cheese as a form of measurement should come back in style.


    Chinese: SHĚNMĚI PÍLÁO 审美疲劳
    All spoken languages are living languages, and words and phrases are constantly circulating through the vernacular. 审美疲劳 is a recent addition to Mandarin. (However, note that it is still structured like a chengyu: “to know”; “good; pretty”; “weary”; “toil.” ) As 审美疲劳 applies to romantic relationships, we might say that “the honeymoon is over.”
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