E-scooter rental trial launches at Paris TGV station
Thursday 08 September 2011
Paris has become the latest European city to offer train travelers the opportunity to ditch public transport in favor of a green electric scooter.
French automaker Peugeot announced this week that travelers using France's high-speed TGV system will be offered the chance to rent e-Vivacity electric scooters from Montparnasse, one of the city's major rail stations.
The service, which will be trialled until the end of October, allows travelers to prebook a scooter for the day in advance, picking it up from a dedicated charging garage on site at the station.
It will cost €28 per day and is operated by Mu, a pan-European vehicle rental service which also offers cars, vans, scooters, bikes and - in some places - electric vehicles.
Electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular in urban areas, buoyed by improving battery technology and lower prices - at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month, several household auto names such as Smart and BMW are expected to reveal new electric scooters, both concept and production models.
By 2017, there could be 138 million electric motorbikes and scooters on the road, a report from Pike Research said earlier this year, over eight times the 17 million zipping around today.
As with electric cars, rental outlets are expected to play a significant role in encouraging uptake - Paris follows Amsterdam in offering a service for short-term renters from a rail station.
In July, Barcelona also launched a small scale trial of electric scooters, equipping workers at Barcelona City Council with Honda's EV-neo model.
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