In terms of transport sharing, car and bike sharing schemes are the ones that most often come to mind. Yet the electric scooter also has a contribution to make; both to sustainable mobility and as part of a diverse transport mix.
Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, certainly thinks so. Just over a year ago, she introduced the CityScoot electric scooter sharing scheme to Paris. In the past year, its popularity has increased by 500%, and there is now a network of over 1,000 scooters in the city.
The service is available to anyone with a driver's license using a smartphone app. No contract is required, and it is paid for by the minute: the base price is 28 cents. The driver unlocks the vehicle by entering a four-digit code into the scooter's keypad that is sent to them via the app. It can be parked anywhere that is legal and convenient - no charging point is required.
A fleet of electric vans maintains the scooters, swapping out drained batteries for fully charged ones. Having no charge points helps to maximise the network's coverage. The top speed at which the vehicles run is 28mph.
With competitors set to enter the market and offer alternatives to CityScoot, prices for using the vehicles are likely to drop. This happening might see the scooters one day become a fixture on the streets of central Paris.
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