Electric scooters and e-bikes rentals: the new sustainable mobility

January 16, 2024

The expansion of electric scooters and e-bikes rental services is revolutionizing urban mobility in many Italian cities. These are eco-friendly means of transport that allow you to move nimbly in traffic without polluting emissions.

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How sharing services work

Electric scooters and e-bikes rentals work through smartphone apps. Simply download the chosen service app, enter your personal data and payment information. At this point you can locate the nearest available vehicle via map and unlock it for use.

When you are done, the scooter or e-bike must be properly parked within the service’s operational area and the rental closed via app. The cost is transparently calculated based on the duration of use.

Many companies also offer discounted subscriptions for frequent users. In addition, several municipal administrations are signing agreements to integrate these electric micro-mobility solutions with public city transport.

The spread numbers in Italy

In Italy these sharing mobility services started in 2018 and have reached widespread distribution in over 100 cities. It is estimated that around 65,000 shared electric scooters were circulating nationwide in 2021, with over 7 million rentals made and more than 350,000 regular users.

In Milan, for example, there are thousands of electric scooters and around 4,500 e-bikes that can be rented via the apps of six active operators. The service is also highly developed in Rome, with a total fleet of over 15,000 vehicles.

The benefits for green mobility

The widespread use of electric scooters and e-bikes sharing allows to significantly reduce car traffic and air pollution in cities. These are non-polluting, economical vehicles that take up little space compared to cars.

In addition, these services are helping change citizens’ mobility habits: more and more people are choosing shared and multimodal mobility solutions, combining scooters with buses, subways and trains. This allows you to move faster even in the last mile from the public transport stop to the workplace or school.

Administrations also have the opportunity to invest in the creation of new cycle paths dedicated to these ecological vehicles, increasing space for soft mobility to the detriment of private cars. This is a real revolution in urban mobility in the name of environmental sustainability.

The challenges for responsible spread

However, this rapid expansion also poses challenges, such as ensuring user safety and regulating driving and parking. Many Italian cities have issued ad hoc regulations to educate the responsible use of scooters and limit accidents, often due to inexperience.

In addition, operators must ensure widespread distribution of vehicles throughout the territory and efficient recharging, repairing and daily redistribution operations. Finally, integration with public transport must be improved by creating smart intermodality solutions.

If properly managed, these green services really have the potential to transform the concept of urban mobility, making it more ecological, shared and focused on people’s needs.

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