Ford is rolling into the electric scooter war by purchasing Spin, a 2-year-old San Francisco-based startup.

Spin operates in 13 US cities and campuses, but Ford plans to expand it to more than 100 over the next 18 months.

The scooters cost $1 to rent and an additional 15 cents per minute.

"As more people consider scooters to be a viable mobility option, now is the right time for Ford to work closely with Spin's highly experienced and dedicated team to help expand their service to more cities," wrote Sundeep Madra, vice president of the Ford X startup incubator, in a blog post.

The US automaker will invest about $200 million in Spin, Reuters reported, citing an anonymous source.

Madra announced that Spin is launching in Detroit Thursday.

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