Technology

🔒+⚡- Universal charge & lock stations, the missing brick of shared micromobility?

Shared micromobility news from the past couple of years has highlighted two important pathways to establish it as a vital urban mobility option in any city across the globe.  The advent of free-floating in 2018 still impacts the perception of citizens and public authorities: persistent issues with parking management remain the primary concern when shared …

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Technology

🔒+⚡- Universal charge & lock stations, the missing brick of shared micromobility?

Shared micromobility news from the past couple of years has highlighted two important pathways to establish it as a vital urban mobility option in any city across the globe.  The advent of free-floating in 2018 still impacts the perception of citizens and public authorities: persistent issues with parking management remain the primary concern when shared …

Business

🎉New year comes with a new scooter landscape

In 2023, the scooter-sharing industry was anticipated to experience consolidation, and after some time, two significant announcements finally came in December from the US. On the 15th, Superpedestrian declared the closure of its US operations and its intention to sell its EU businesses. This news was surprising given that the company had raised $125 million …

Business, Technology

How to minimise the impact of batteries in micromobility

Since its inception, the shared mobility community has branded itself the green transportation solution. The electrification of entire fleets has only strengthened this claim. As a movement, we have always been a few steps ahead: only recently did the European Parliament vote in favour of a complete ban of ICE by 2035. But we haven’t figured it all …

Business, Cities

Turkey: An emerging market bursting with opportunity for shared mobility

New article written in collaboration with fluctuo. This week we are exploring the unique Turkish shared mobility market. Constantinople embodied the dreams of the ancient Ottoman civilisation, and was the gateway to Europe. Today, however, Istanbul – and Turkey in general – remains a distant and largely unexplored destination for most stakeholders in the shared …

Technology

👀 Eyes for scooters

New article of the fluctuo‘s series: the potential of computer vision in the shared electric mobility industry. Since the early days of scooter-sharing, back in 2018, the industry has significantly matured to cater to the needs of cities worldwide. Gone are the days of launching in new territories with scooters fit for the consumer market: …

Business

The bike is back!

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a massive boom in electric bikes (e-bikes). Throughout Europe or in the US, e-bike sales exploded to unprecedented levels. The shift has been massively supported by local authorities that were happy to find a straightforward commuting alternative for their citizens that respects social distancing. Through the large-scale adoption of financing schemes, or the …

Business

How energy suppliers could benefit from shared electric mobility in 2022

A unique chance for energy actors to catch a piece of this fast-growing 500 billion USD market. This article has been produces in partnership with ElectricFeel, the Venture Builder for Shared Mobility Services. It has initially been published on their blog. The Energy and Transportation industries are closely interconnected, and both are therefore facing the …

Business, Technology

How to feed a hungry scooter

New article of the fluctuo‘s series: the challenges and evolution of battery charging in the shared electric mobility industry. As in nature, the small evolve the fastest. Micromobility vehicles are no exception and have improved at a fast pace since the boom of shared micromobility services in 2018. And we are not only talking about …

Business

Smooth operators: When suppliers launch their own mobility services

Many shared mobility operators launch with off-the-shelf solutions only to start internally designing their own vehicles, IOT devices or fleet management software down the track. But it’s rarer to see B2B suppliers becoming operators. Whether they are hardware, IoT or software providers, a handful of them have decided to take the plunge and start shared …

Cities

Scooter jam on La Cannebière, Marseille

Shared scooters arrived in Marseille (FR) on January 2019, when Lime launched the first service with 150 vehicles. As the second most populated city in France with 868,000 inhabitants, Marseille is a major focus for (almost) all the operators with its welcoming weather… and despite not being the most cycling-friendly city (lack of infrastructure, traffic, …

General, Technology

Micromobility, the forum for mobility data privacy

The introduction of the MDS by the LA DOT in april 2019 started a war between the Army of Mobility Defenders and the Army for Data Privacy. Why is it all about? First… … what is MDS? Let’s start with a short explanation of what MDS is. From the GitHub page: The Mobility Data Specification …

Business

Shared mobility services: “Battle Royale” in Barcelona

I am glad to collaborate with fluctuo for a set of articles to analyse and explain mobility phenomenons highlighted by their products. Episode #3: the situation of shared micromobility services in Barcelona. The dense, touristic and sunny capital of Catalonia has a huge potential for shared mobility. In 2007, it launched Bicing, one of the most successful …

Business

Bird’s business model switch

The last couple of weeks have been crucial for the Santa Monica based company Bird, one of the leaders of the booming e-scooter sharing industry. For months specialists are pointing at the loss-making business model Bird and its competitors have adopted. And Bird is the first to learn from it, totally mutating its own model. …

Business, Cities

Analysis of Paris’ e-scooter RFP

Since the emergence of shared mobility services, Paris has been one of the major open labs in Europe for shared micromobility services. The major Asian dockless bike-share operators launched massive fleets in late 2017– Gobee, oBike and ofo left, only Mobike remains in the French capital – before the waves of shared e-scooters hit the …

Alexandre Gauquelin, Shared Micromobility consultant

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