Everyone loves a good origin story, and we here at ePilot are no different. Thankfully, ours doesn’t include being bitten by a radioactive spider, crash-landing on an alien planet or an experiment gone nuclearly wrong.
Our origin story is something of a startup within a startup. Or maybe even a case study of what can happen in a room when a few passionate people (Developers, PR and Marketing Specialists, Design Thinkers, Entrepreneurs) get excited about the NEXT BIG THING. ePilot grew out of Paranoid Internet, a digital marketing agency and incubator for disruptive projects.
In a way, ePilot was shaped from our world travels to cities like Paris, Lisbon, and San Francisco, all in the name of growing our knowledge base and network. These travels gave the team insights and first-hand previews of the e-mobility craze that was happening around the world before hitting our of Berlin. We couldn't help but notice that we had some recurring questions.
Which app should I download?
From my hotel, how do I know which is the closest option to me?
So when we got word that e scooters would descend onto the streets of Berlin in early summer, we were ready. We wanted to answer these questions and make a cohesive map available with all the e-mobility options in one place. By doing so, we quickly answered the questions above:
There are 3 e scooters outside your door, one Lime and two Voi, enjoy!
The map is already available for users so that they can see in real-time all the e-mobility options nearest them, and which app to log into or download.
We solved our first set of problems, but we aren’t patting ourselves on the back just yet. Now, our plans have snowballed. An app is in the works, and soon users will have the ability to actually book e-mobility options from the service providers directly from ePilot without the hassle of logging in and out of multiple apps. Think of it this way, a European based, e-mobility subscription plan. In addition to subscription plans modeled for 3, 6, or 12 months users may also use ePilot for FLEX booking.
The idea is good, practical and something people want, but it isn't without its own set of obstacles. Aggregation is not easy, especially when there are a lot of different industry players and you are attempting to break the mold. What we really look forward to simplifying the booking process making it easy as possible to make the switch to e-mobility.
Many of us were initially attracted to e scooters and e bikes because of the fun factor. While zipping through your city in some kind of motorized toy out of a 90s childhood sci-fi dream, there is another element to all this that is worth considering. If your daily commute is one of the biggest contributors to your personal carbon footprint, then switching to e-mobility can have a big impact. Additionally, inspiring, incentivizing or otherwise getting others to change their transportation habits and replace them with e-mobility can create a domino effect for change.