CityScoot and Vinci Offer a New Electric Scooter Sharing Program

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Photo: CityScoot
France is taking another bold step towards a greener, less polluted society with the debut of the CityScoot electric scooter rental program. The whole thing is the result of an agreement between CityScoot, a popular scooter rental operator and Vinci, one of the biggest names in the world in parking places. Basically, CityScoot will use Vinci’s parking lots as base of operations, bringing both demand and supply under the same roof.
The principle is obviously, very simple, as most of the times when dealing with great ideas. People would arrive in a Vinci parking lot and pick their electric scoot for tackling the urban jungle and escape traffic jams and all the clutter.

A nice feature allows the subscribers of this system to reserve their ride online, making sure they find a fully charged two-wheeler when they reach the parking lot. The reservation procedure is extremely easy, as the users can check the available fleet and its charging state online and a few clicks is all they need to secure a ride.

Smart scooters ahoy

The CityScoot fleet is comprised of scooters which are equivalent to 50cc vehicles, and this means that even drivers without a motorcycle license can operate them. A helmet and a cloth head scarf are supplied with the scooter as well, CityScoot says cited by motorbiker.

Riders receive an unique code via SMS and they must enter it using the scooters’ touchscreen for activation. The vehicles have dual USB ports for mobile gadgets and sport real-time geolocation, with their small but smart onboard computers being able to detect a crash and call for help.

If you stop and leave the scooter, it will lock the steering once you turn the bars all the way to the left and press the Stop button. Back to your ride? Enter the code and throttle away! The scooter even knows when you want to put the helmet inside, and will open the underseat storage for you.

CityScoot’s machines are made in Europe and provide a range of 60 to 100 km (37-62 miles) depending on how you use them. Rental offers include 2 days, 1 week, 1 month and 1 year for prices between 9 and 80 Euros ($10.6 to 95), respectively. And you also get 15 minutes for €2 ($2.35) if this helps.

So far CityScoot has put up their first base in one of Paris’ business districts, La Defense, but with Vinci operating 1.8 million parking places in 14 countries, we’re surely seeing the program expanding soon.
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