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Published on March 12th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

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Scoot’s New Mobility Operating System

March 12th, 2017 by  

Originally published on the ECOreport.

Compared to the 10 million miles that the city’s vehicles travel every day, Scoot’s penetration into the San Francisco market is still relatively small. The 800 vehicles in its shared light electric vehicle (LEV) fleet have covered 2 million miles since 2012. Scoot CEO Michael Keating admitted in an email sent my way that, even combining their statistics with those of Zipcar, Bay Area Bikeshare, and Uber, you would probably not reach 5% of the total volume. But the market is growing fast.

Scoot’s LEVs produce about 2% of the average car’s emissions and are an attractive alternative to get around on the some of the world’s most traffic-congested streets. Keating is looking to expand into cities like Paris, Rome, and Madrid in the EU. Companies like Renault-Nissan, Mahindra, Govecs, and Emco-Elektroroller will use Scoot’s new Mobility Operating System (MOS).

Scoot’s New Mobility Operating System

According to the company’s press release, Scoot’s new MOS is “a complete management platform for any LEV service, including e-scooters, e-bikes, and three- and four-wheelers. With proprietary, LEV-specific, in-vehicle electronics, an intuitive rider app, and comprehensive vehicle, customer, parking, and charging software, Scoot MOS is the complete package electric mobility services need to succeed in a complex business.” To learn more, please visit http://scoot.co/partners/

Scoot’s Partners

Scoot has partnered with well known names in the LEV world. Govecs introduced the world’s first cargo scooter in 2011. Emco electroroller GmbH has over 350 dealers throughout Europe. Renault’s Twizy is the world’s #1 shared light electric four-wheeler. The Mahindra GenZe 2.0 electric scooter is one of the world’s most shared e-scooters.

These partners appreciate what Scoot has to offer.

“Scoot MOS provides our fleet customers with a swift, seamless model to grow their business in the biggest metros around the world,” says Tom Valasek, head of European Business at Mahindra GenZe.

“Today, city residents want the flexibility afforded by cars, but are forgoing personal ownership in favour of shared electric scooters, which have become our fastest growing market segment. In partnering with Scoot, we’re able to meet this demand while bringing our customers what they require: efficient, cost-effective, clean transportation options,” added Raymon Pouwels, Commercial Advisor of Emco-Elektroroller.

Into The Future

So, what does the future look like in a world divesting itself of fossil fuels? Can LEVs replace gas cars for most functions?

“LEVs will be a huge part of transportation in cities, especially as residents move from one-size-fits-all car ownership to mixing and matching the right vehicle and service for the right trip. LEVs tend to be more specialized than cars: Better than cars at some things but not as useful at other things. If you can only own one vehicle, it will probably be a car. But if you don’t own a vehicle, as is the case with an increasing number of urbanites, using a mix of different shared LEVs is actually better than car ownership. With 0ver 400,000 private cars in San Francisco, there is a lot of potential to shift people to more sustainable, more flexible options,” says Keating.

“With renewables becoming cheaper and a bigger part of the electricity generation mix, transportation is emerging as the main driver of climate-changing emissions in the US and other countries. While reducing emissions in suburban and rural areas requires people to buy expensive electric cars, urbanites have more options and less need for cars, so they can reduce their transportation emissions fast,” Scoot notes.

“LEVs are key to this because even though many cities are walkable, bike-able, and have transit, many people still choose cars for the speed that walking, biking and transit can’t provide. LEVs are often faster than cars in city traffic and are zero emission and affordable, so there is no limit on the amount of a city’s travel that can be done with LEVs. The combination of shared LEVs with other sustainable modes is the complete package urbanites have been waiting for in order to quit using cars.”

All images courtesy Scoot


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About the Author

is the editor of the ECOreport (www.theecoreport.com), a website dedicated to exploring how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of North America and writes for both CleanTechnica and Planetsave on Important Media. He is a research junkie who has written over a thousand articles since he was first published in 1982. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.



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