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Electric scooter-sharing scheme launched in Barcelona

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September 4, 2013

The Motit electric scooter-sharing scheme is currently being trailed in Barcelona

The Motit electric scooter-sharing scheme is currently being trailed in Barcelona

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While bicycle sharing schemes are now commonplace in the world's major urban centers, the city of Barcelona in Spain is giving the idea a jolt by adding electrification to the equation. The scheme called Motit was launched this European summer with a trial run that includes 50 all-electric scooters which, as well as being quiet and producing no tailpipe emissions, add a dash of purple to the Mediterranean city famous for its funky street life.

The locally-produced bikes can reach an top speed of 65 km/h (40 mph), have a range of 40 to 60 km (25 to 37 mi) and include an on-board screen for navigation. The plan is to increase the number to 500 bikes by mid-2014. Users have the option to pay for a single trip or buy monthly and tourist packages. The first step is to download the free Motit app from the App Store or Google Play in order to book the point-to-point service. Users must be at least 21 years of age, have a car or 125cc motorcycle license.

The scooters include an on-board screen for navigation

Going Green, the company behind the project, has tried to keep the cost of the scheme relatively low. Local people who use the service frequently have access to priority (€0.45/km, $0.59/h) and standard reservations (€0.55/km, $0.73/h). If they opt for the hourly rate it costs €4/h ($5.27/h) and €5/h ($6.59/h), respectively, while tourists will pay €6/h ($7.91/h) for an hour-long ride. For frequent users, a round trip fee of €54/h ($71.16/h) per month is available, besides other options.

The bikes are approved to carry a passenger and in order to ensure a safe ride, Motit provides helmets. Insurance is also included, but the user is responsible for the first €50 ($65.89) of damages.

Source: Motit via Fast Company

About the Author
Antonio Pasolini Brazilian-Italian Antonio Pasolini graduated in journalism in Brazil before heading out to London for an MA in film and television studies. He fell in love with the city and spent 13 years there as a film reviewer before settling back in Brazil. Antonio's passion for green issues - and the outdoors - eventually got the best of him and since 2007 he's been writing about alternative energy, sustainability and new technology.   All articles by Antonio Pasolini
2 Comments

Looks like a nifty set of wheels, i'll take one if it comes in black.

digi_owl
4th September, 2013 @ 09:25 pm PDT

Great scooter....I really hope that it is manufactured in Europe!!!!...if it is not .....it should be a condition of approval.Where can I buy one?

Thanks

Simon

skremonk
5th September, 2013 @ 11:23 am PDT
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