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E Scooter Sharing in Berlin
Posted 16 Aug 2019
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Want to figure out which e scooter or roller to rent?
These are the most important things to consider before renting an e scooter or elektro roller:
Is the ride just a few taps away?
- Most of the providers pair the trips with a smartphone app and give the freedom to pick and drop at many dock points or move dock-free within the city. Yes, it’s not just cars and bikes anymore but e scooters too.
Do you want to ride short distances?
- This kind of mobility comes with a speed limit but it is more than enough for short rides.
- Also, they are very convenient if you want to run a quick errand or grab a to-go bite without the hassle of finding a parking spot for a car and you can avoid traffic.
How much does the rental cost?
- Well, it is as cheap as €0.15 per minute for e scooters & €0.19 per minute for elektro rollers.
- But, if you feel it’s the best option for your mobility needs and you desire to own one, it will cost between €100 to €800 for e scooter. This price can go up to €1500 + for a roller.
Environment-Friendly? Yes or No?
- Since Berlin mostly uses coal or gas-generated electricity, there is still a small carbon footprint left behind (source: Clean Energy Wire). But compared to a car this is very tiny.
- So yes, taking an e scooter for short distances instead of a car does help the environment.
Most of the providers have a smartphone-based functionality which gives users much more flexibility to rent and use. The only requirement is that the handheld device is compatible and has an internet connection.
Whether traveling to a new city and want a ride or interested in an eco-friendly option for a daily commute, the possibilities are endless in terms of the convenience for micro-mobility.
One important thing to mention is that some of the providers require the rider to have a license before signing up. That being said, some of them do not. But if you are unsure, check out the providers' FAQ or simply ask the support.
Comparison Best E Scooter Sharing Providers
Lime is the market leader for micro-mobility solutions like e bikes and e scooters. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley, SF. As for the overall review, Lime has crossed 1 million reviews and ratings with an avg. score of 4.7 out of 5 (Google Play & Apple).
Lime has already established its presence in Berlin. Currently, they have a huge fleet of shared bikes and e-bikes. Now, e scooters will follow suite in the near future.
Lime has a vast community around the globe and is also active in green sustainability programs.
TIER, on the other hand, is a Berlin-based startup founded in July 2018. They are expected to roll out their e scooter shared mobility solutions in June 2019. TIER is already established in 23 major cities in Europe. It has a very good avg. rating of 3.9 out of 5 (Google Play & Apple). TIER has a unique collaboration with public transport helping the city to make data-driven decisions to develop real mobility concepts.
Modern Urban Mobility - Circ is Luxembourg-based e scooter sharing provider and one of the fastest-growing start-ups in the world. Unlike other e scooters providers, Circ offers a cell phone holder for city navigation and even a USB port for charging the smartphone, and bag holder for complete ride experience, especially for people using e scooters for daily commute to an office, college, etc. As for the overall review, Circ has over 5,000 reviews and ratings with an avg. score of 4.6 out of 5 (Google Play & Apple).
VOI is a Scandinavian micro-mobility company founded in August 2018. The startup has already made it presence throughout Europe in a very short period of time. It has very good avg. rating of 4.5 out of 5 (Google Play & Apple).
Emmy also know as “eMio” was founded in 2014 in Berlin. Emmy is Germany’s first ever startup to introduce elektro roller scooter sharing services. Emmy is spread across 4 German cities namely Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Cologne. Emmy does require a driver’s license to register and use their services. Emmy has two options for charging. The first is based on per minute and the second is per kilometer and you are welcome to choose whichever is lower. Emmy also has the option to set up a direct debit, not just credit cards.
Coup is yet another Berlin-based startup founded in 2016. They are the direct competitors to Emmy providing elektro roller scooter sharing services. But Coup is mainly focused on two cities, Berlin and Paris. Coup does say that users do not need a motorcycle license but that does not mean it is license-free. Anyone who wants to register and use Coup has to have a driving license for car or scooter (class B/ AM). To use a Coup, users need to commit to the first 10 minutes but can flexibly extend the trip as long as they want.
So far we have seen that almost all the providers have a similar concept as to how they operate.
- So far we have seen that almost all the providers have a similar concept as to how they operate.
- Registration is performed via an app
- Instructions must be followed to start the trip, wear a helmet, drive, and lastly, follow safety and traffic rules.
- The user needs to find a valid dock-less spot to park within the defined city limits by the respective providers.
- And of course, end the trip.
The prices are fairly competitive across the e scooter providers. Looking forward the user experience will probably be the defining factor as to which e scooter or roller mobility provider the user will choose.