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Dott begins virtual reality testing of e-scooter warning sounds 

Micromobility provider Dott has begun virtual reality testing of its e-scooter warning sounds, in partnership with the Royal National Institute for Blind people (RNIB).  Dott, based in the Netherlands, is hoping to develop an e-scooter sound that will alert other road users to their presence, without contributing to noise pollution.  …

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Government contract firm Serco extends deal to operate Santander Cycles 

The government contract specialist firm Serco has extended its contract to operate London’s Santander Cycles scheme.  Hampshire-based Serco, an international contractor for government services in a variety of sectors, has signed a new three-year deal with Transport for London (TfL) maintain and distribute London’s cycle hire bikes, including the newly …

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Dott, Lime and Tier announce measures to overcome safety concerns in Paris 

Micromobility operators in Paris have announced a series of measures in the hopes of alleviating safety concerns, as councillors have considered scrapping shared scooter schemes in the city.  Dott, Lime, and Tier, the three micromobility providers currently operating in the French capital, have set out 11 steps to improve e-scooter …

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Amazon expands e-cargo bike deliveries in Manchester and London 

Amazon has announced an expansion of its e-cargo bike fleet, with the introduction of three new micromobility hubs in Manchester and London.  Part of a five-year, £300 million investment in the electrification and decarbonisation of  its UK network, Amazon said more than two million deliveries will now be made by …

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E-scooter trials hit 30 millions trips in UK

The UK’s e-scooter trials have now tipped over the 30-million-trip mark, according to new research. Following the launch of the first public e-scooter rentals in 2020, there are now 45 fleets available across the country, with 24,000 vehicles now available for hire.   Micromobiltiy site Zag Daily said there have now …

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Shared e-scooters last five times longer than early models, micromobility report finds

A new report into micromobility lifespans has found that today’s shared e-scooters last up to five-times longer the early models. US-based mobility consulting firm Brightside has released the first comprehensive report into e-bike and e-scooter longevity, assessing the average lifespan of Voi’s shared e-scooters.  The report, titled ‘How Long do …

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More than half of would-be e-bike consumers would prefer bikes with anti-lock brakes, according to new research 

More than half of potential e-bike buyers would prefer bikes with anti-locking brakes (ABS), according to new research from e-bike publication Move Electric.  In a survey of e-mobility consumers, Move Electric found that 55% would be more interested in buying an electrically assisted bike with ABS fitted.  The same survey …

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Paris council considers banning shared e-scooters, final decision rests with mayor 

Councillors in Paris are considering a potential ban on rental e-scooters in the city, due to safety related concerns, according to reports.  While the final decision on whether to renew the licences for Paris’ three shared micromobility operators – Lime, Dott and Tier- rests with the city mayor Anne Hidalgo, …

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Fire safety and the micromobility market

As sales of e-bikes and e-scooters continue to soar, manufacturers need to reassure consumers that their products are safe. Rebecca Bland explores the fire safety question in the micromobility market This piece first appeared in the November edition of BikeBiz magazine – get your free subscription here Lithium-ion batteries have been …

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Pure Electric hits £2.3 million in crowdfunding from 1,200 investors  

British e-scooter brand Pure Electric smashed through its crowdfunding target, hitting £2.3 million in investment from 1,200 backers.  Pure Electric, formerly a high street e-mobility retailer but now an e-scooter manufacturer, launched a Crowdcube investment campaign in October, hitting its initial £1 million goal within days, going on to far …

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