The city of Paris has reached an agreement with an American start-up, in order to set up charging stations for self-service electric scooters. The purpose of the operation is twofold: to facilitate the activity of services like Lime or Bird and to clear the sidewalks.
Paris continues to tackle the proliferation of electric scooters in its streets. While the city counted up to 12 different operators, the city council decided to launch a call for tenders to limit this number to three.
Two Lime historical investors at the origin of these stations
Pending the verdict of the consultation, Paris has moved closer to a new player in the market, but this time of another nature. The US start-up Charge will indeed install "recharging parking" in the capital, starting the experimentation with five stations. Each of them will be designed to accommodate up to 12 vehicles offered on rental self-service applications, in order to fill them with energy.
To install them on public roads, the company will have to pay a tax to the municipality. But she relies on her partnerships with sharing services to make her business profitable. It must be said that the founders of Charge know the market quite well: at the origin of the project, we find Dan Waldman and Andrew Fox, two of the first investors of Lime, major company of the sector.
Customers paid to park scooters in car parks?
The two entrepreneurs therefore know that reloading can weigh up to 40% of the operational costs for an operator. Companies must pay workers who are responsible for collecting scooters and re-fueling them before releasing them on the street. Charge intends to reduce the cost of sharing services, pocketing a commission each time it is reloaded. And ultimately, cover the entire territory of Paris, with 2 500 stations.
For the town hall, the idea is also to put an end to the lawless parking on its sidewalks. She hopes that these reloading car parks will act as reference stations for all self-service electric scooters. To this end, users could be directly encouraged to park the machines, via financial incentives.
Source: The Echoes