Smart electric scooter-sharing service launched in Berlin
Berliners will be able to use smart electric scooters to transport themselves around the city as part of a new vehicle-sharing scheme launched by Bosch.
Commuters can use a smartphone app developed by Bosch subsidiary Coup to locate the nearest e-scooter and book it for either €3 for 30 minutes or €20 for the whole day.
The scooters, with a top speed of 45km/h, can be used by everyone over 21 years old or all holders of motorcycle or car driving licences.
"Mobility requirements and demands are changing,” said Markus Heyn, Bosch management board member. “Bosch wants to shape this change with their own mobility and service solutions."
The 200 electric scooters of the Berlin fleet have been developed and built by Gogoro, a Taiwan-based sustainable transportation company dedicated to delivering innovations that would improve energy use in today’s overpopulated and congested cities.
“Gogoro is collaborating with the new Coup sharing service because we share the same vision to realise advanced urban mobility in cities,” said Horace Luke, co-founder and CEO of Gogoro. “Launching the Gogoro Smartscooter in Berlin as our first expansion market is special because it is a great two-wheel city and is also one of the most sophisticated, progressive and creative cities in the world.”
The scooters will be initially available in the neighbourhoods of Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg of the German capital.
“The European market for electric motorcycles and scooters is still in its infancy yet European consumers are clamouring for more sustainable and innovative two-wheel options like Gogoro is offering with Coup in Berlin today,“ said Luke. “Over the past year we have been approached by many scooter-sharing services from around the world and it was clear that Bosch and Coup had the potential to be a great market maker for scooter-sharing in Europe."
For Bosch, Coup is a step aside from its core business of supplying parts to car manufacturers. The firm is in fact entering into competition with some of its customers such as Daimler and BMW, who have launched smartphone-based vehicle-sharing services previously.