CityScoot Lauches Electric Scooter Rentals in Paris
First rolled out in San Francisco by US-based Scoot, the concept of electric scooter sharing is starting to make inroads in Europe. Cityscoot is just completing its own successful trial in Paris, France using a small fleet of 50 battery-powered scooters like that being ridden by the young lady in the above photo.
Paris' well-known Velib bikeshare system has now been running since its launch in July of 2007, offering Parisians and visitors alike a pollution free alternative for travel within the city. It was followed by quasi-private Autolib electric carshare in 2011. Now Cityscoot is planning a similar EV sharing venture, this time using small, nimble, Chinese-built electric scooters, apparently manufactured by Vmoto (originally E-Max).
Renters must have a valid license to operate scooters. The rental rate is €2 per 15 minutes (approximately US$2.25). Range on a full charge for most e-scooters in this class is around 30-40 miles (55-70 km) depending on terrain and operating speed, typically under 50 mph (92 km/h).
Similar electric scooter programs have been launched by other firms. Milan-based Enjoy operates 150 in the Italian city, eMio has a fleet of 150 in Berlin and Scoome rents 50 scooters in Munich and another 50 in Cologne.
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