Focus on eMobility: E-scooters are booming

E-scooters are conquering German cities (Photo: Coup)

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E-bikes have been booming for a while already. Precisely in urban areas, however, the latest trend in e-mobility is becoming apparent: E-scooters. On the overfilled streets of India and China, scooters have already established themselves as an alternative to cars, and here too, agile scooters are advancing. Thus, the European association of motorcycle manufacturers (ACEM) estimates that approximately 50,000 electric scooters will be sold this year. 

Electronic scooters are especially attractive in cities plagued by traffic jams: You can get from point A to B quickly and there’s no problem finding a parking space at your destination. In more and more cities, sharing providers for e-scooters are popping up like mushrooms. As for car or bike sharing, users register via app, scan their driver’s license, pay with a smartphone, and then look for the nearest scooter.

In Munich, for example, scooter sharing was introduced just about a year ago; in the meantime, 10,000 users have been recorded, and the trend is clearly upward. In Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Berlin, it is also possible to rent e-scooters from various providers, including  Emmy and Coup.

Matthias Tang, press spokesman of the Berlin Senate for the Environment, Transportation and Climate Protection, says: “The city ensures that there are no more than four rental scooters or bikes in one place, so that citizens are not disturbed by the providers.” The idea is that the city should become more environmentally-friendly and it will therefore welcome these nearly emissions-free electric vehicles.

E-scooters in city logistics

New possibilities arise with e-scooters in goods transport: In Austria, e-scooters are being used to make city logistics more eco-friendly. The package delivery service GLC is currently testing delivery via electric scooter in Graz, Linz and Salzburg. “The e-scooter combines environmental friendliness and efficient delivery,” says Dr. Axel Spörl, General Manager GLS Austria. If the tests are positive, electric vehicles will be used in regular operations.

Paulo Humanes, Vice President Business Development & New Mobility at the PTV Group, confirms the growing popularity of e-scooters: “Scooters are becoming more popular in cities around the world, especially for routes that are too long to walk or bike. Previously, there were a lot of short trips for bike sharing, trips with a distance of less than two kilometres; these are hardly profitable for the operator and make it more difficult to operate the fleet in a balanced, efficient manner.”

E-scooters may be the perfect solution here. They can play a positive role in a mobile ecosystem and close a gap in the mobility system.

Paulo Humanes knows: “PTV solutions can help cities guarantee the effectiveness of the mobility ecosystem since they consider the scooters and their unique properties.”  “With our Mobility as a Service (MaaS) expertise, we assist fleet operators and cities by showing them how they can balance out their fleet in the city, ensure efficient energy management, and guarantee dynamic prices and/or integrated ticketing.”


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Interview part one: Focus on eMobility: “Infrastructure for e-cars isn’t the problem.”

Interview part two: Focus on eMobility: “The infrastructure must be intelligent.”

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