Cityscoot and Mober are surfing on the more environmentally friendly self-service vehicle rental offers that have been developing in Paris since 2007, occupying the vacant slot between Vélib’ and Autolib’ that Scootlib’ was supposed to fill. Hoped for by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, in her campaign promises, this project had been approved in October 2013 by the Paris Council, pushing it into a feasibility study phase. Scootlib”s objective: to support the evolution of Ile-de-France’s modes of transport by offering them an additional economical and ecological solution to leave individual cars and two-wheelers at rest, the latter regularly finding themselves poorly parked on the pavements.
The Scootlib’ project failed, leaving Motit, with an opening in Barcelona, Spain, with the novelty for such a self-service scooter rental system. Scootlib, without the apostrophe, exists well, however, with its dedicated website. It is a private company with a somewhat different purpose. It is the market leader in the rental, including insurance, of thermal and electric scooters for delivery professionals, such as couriers and catering companies.
From 1,000 Cityscoot….
With the exception of the partnership concluded at the beginning of 2015 with Vinci Park, now Indigo, the Cityscoot shared and connected electric scooter service was officially opened in Paris on 21 June 2016, after a seven-month trial period. The program, supported by the Paris City Hall, planned a fleet of 1,000 machines connected in the first quarter of 2017. The shift on the schedule is only a matter of twenty days, since Cityscoot used the commissioning of its thousandth scooter to inaugurate a brand new service on Wednesday 19 April 2017: Levallois-Perret (92). Until last March, the playground for blue and white machines was limited to Paris intramuros.
…to 2,500 for 2018
On 28 March 2017, the Cityscoot service began to expand beyond this arbitrary Parisian border, allowing electric scooters to be picked up and dropped off in Neuilly-sur-Seine (92). A first step towards expansion in the inner suburbs! The objectives for rapid development are now 1,600 and 2,500 connected two-wheelers, respectively by the end of this year 2017 and during 2018.
In terms of figures, Cityscoot already claims more than 23,000 users, for about 3,000 registered trips per day, with an average distance of 4.5 kilometres. The range of this 50 cm3 equivalent model manufactured in Europe is 60-100 km depending on use.
Mober passes the second…
As much as Cityscoot shines with what could be described as impeccable communication, with an effective website and many accessible documents, so much so, for Mober, we have to go fishing and overcome the silence against our proposal for an interview sent by e-mail. So much so that we were faced with the question of the future of this second Parisian mobility operator with shared electric scooters.
In the test phase? No, Mober was officially launched in March 2016, 3 months earlier than Cityscoot, which had to thwart its development by the volume of its connected machines suddenly put into service. According to the dedicated application, a dozen scooters are reported to be active at Mober on 21 April 2017 at 12 noon. Except that those whose battery capacity falls below 20% are no longer visible until they reach a satisfactory level.
Since Twitter, the company has been communicating on 20 electric scooters, far from the 150 objectives announced for the end of 2016, but suggests the arrival of new models with more autonomy, still focused on Paris.
It is rumoured that around fifty copies will be delivered in May, supplied by a new French electric scooter player: Pink Mobility. Its Pink Style offer is close to the machines that Mober already offers, with the retro Vespa look. The new machine, still in 50 cc equivalent, would have a range of 50-60 kilometres, obtained from a Panasonic Li-NMC 50 V 40 Ah pack powered by a 3,000 W motor. This scooter is equipped with ventilated disc brakes, both front and rear.
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