Emerging technologies are beginning to shape the mobility sector. From autonomous vehicles to software platforms, it’s a lucrative field with new startups seeking funding across the globe. One market that seems to expanding rapidly is the more eco-friendly option of sustainable transport with tech news focusing a spotlight on the growth of electric scooters.
A recent survey by consulting firm McKinsey estimates the market potential of micro-mobility offerings in Europe to be 150 billion by 2030, of which more than half can be earned on e-scooters alone.
Europe is leading the way, and Germany especially is seeing a sustainable desire from commuters for this public transport alternative.
Here’s just 3 of the big players in the German mobility market…
Wunder Mobility is a Hamburg-based startup. It has a range of mobility solutions including options for carpool, shuttle (launch your own car service), fleet and parking. It supplies software, hardware, and operational services and has big growth plans for product development and B2B sales.
They boast over 12 million rides taken in 2018 and 100 vehicles connected via their Wunder OS. They currently operate in over 50 cities and have recently seen an uptake of their Wunder technology by transport companies and those within the automotive industries.
E-scooters have only recently been allowed as a form of transport in Germany. Wunder Mobility scooters can travel up to 25 km/h with a range of 45 kilometers, and they are currently offered as part of their fleet option for vehicle sharing businesses.
Circ is relatively new to the e-scooter market. Originally branded as Flash, Circ was founded in 2018 by Delivery Hero founder Lukasz Gadowski and has already clocked up over 1 million rides.
The rentable e-scooters were launched in Zurich but are available in 21 cities across 7 countries.
Their message is that rather than just being about scooters, they want to be part of wider urban transportation projects and to that end are very transparent about positively working with city authorities as regulations permitting e-scooters are brought in across Germany.
Tier is based in Berlin and was also launched in 2018. It has reached over 2 million rides, operates in 20 cities across Europe and has raised over €25 million in Series A funding.
Tier operates a similar business model to Circ and provides electric scooters that can be rented on demand. Tier recently released details that they’ve upgraded the hardware of their scooters, improving quality, durability and making them safer. Safety is a big issue facing the e-scooter market, following accidents involving rental scooter riders and the Swedish transport agency calling for a ban.
They are also keen to look beyond e-scooters, telling TechCrunch that they are looking into new vehicle possibilities and keen to integrate into wider mobility programmes.
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