The roll-out follows the successful launch of a similar service in Berlin last year
Electric scooter start-up, Gogoro, and Bosch subsidiary, Coup, have teamed up to introduce a scooter sharing service in Paris.
Coup launched its e-scooter sharing service in Berlin, last year, with 200 Smartscooters and expanded to 1,000 in March 2017.
The companies said they want to deliver positive alternatives to urban mobility that can be available to all city residents
Paris is one of the most congested cities in Europe with urban transport plagued by traffic problems. But it is also one of the top scooter cities in the world so Paris is a natural next step, they added.
“We have received a lot of positive feedback for the Coup eScooter sharing in Berlin since launching last August,” said Mat Schubert, CEO of Coup Mobility.
“The success in Berlin is motivating us to bring greater mobility to another European capital. Gogoro has been supporting with features to make our innovative sharing service even better and more user-friendly.”
The scooters will be available in select central Paris districts and customers will be able to park them in dedicated two-wheel parking zones within the Coup service area. They will be available to anyone with a Class B driver’s license or an international driver’s license and is of legal age.
Like Berlin, the pricing model in Paris is straightforward and easy for users to calculate: users are charged in 30-minute increments.
Through the Coup app, customers can locate and reserve the closest Smartscooter. The app will be available in summer 2017 in French for iOS and Android.
“Gogoro and Coup are focused on delivering new services that encourage consumer adoption of more sustainable transportation choices like the Smartscooter,” added Horace Luke, co-founder and CEO of Gogoro.
“We created Gogoro to be a technology company integrating innovation and sustainable energy to create new business models, services and products that ignite urban residents and city governments to embrace sustainable energy with the new fuel of the future.”
The Smartscooter EV is thought to be the world’s first smart electric two-wheel vehicle with swappable batteries.
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