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All trial e-scooters will have to display number plates from April 

The UK Government has updated its guidance on e-scooter trials, as all scooters will now have to have a visible number plate.  On February 22, the Department for Transport and Active Travel England published an update to its e-scooter trial guidance document, setting out changes that come into effect on …

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E-scooter and e-bike usage surges due to temporary closure of London Underground stations, says Lime 

Use of e-scooters and e-bikes has surged following the closure of London Underground stations, according to micromobility operator Lime.  The shared mobility firm has revealed there has been a 113% increase in e-bike rides, and a 49% jump in e-scooter rides, following the close of the Northern Line in central …

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Tier partners with German start-up to extend battery lifespans 

Micromobility operator Tier has joined forces with a German start-up in a bid to improve the lifespan of its batteries.  Berlin-based firm Tier is now working with Vertical Values, also based in the German capital, to repair and upcycle lithium batteries.  Tier said that lithium-ion batteries, used in electric vehicles …

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Tier Mobility joins European Commission mobility forum

Tier Mobility is the latest member to join the European Commission’s mobility forum, established to encourage the shift to sustainable transport.  Berlin-based micromobility firm Tier, founded in 2018, has been expanding its e-scooter network across Europe, the Middle East, and Australia, including with two trial schemes in York and London.  …

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Neuron Mobility trials in England will be extended 

Neuron Mobility’s three e-scooter trials have officially been extended as the company marks one year of operation in England. Founded in Singapore, Neuron quickly branched out to Australia and New Zealand before reaching the UK in 2021.  The company now operates e-scooter schemes in Slough, Newcastle and Sunderland, and all …

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More than 800,000 car journeys replaced by Voi scooters in Liverpool 

More than 800,000 short car journeys have been replaced by Voi e-scooters in Liverpool, the company has revealed.  Voi, the Swedish micromobility operator, is marking the two million-ride milestone in the city, after it launched in Liverpool in October 2020.   To mark the occasion, Voi has released a number of …

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Chainless e-bikes can be sold as electrically powered assisted cycles, rules EU Commission 

The EU Commission has ruled that chainless e-bikes can be sold as electrically powered assisted cycles (EPAC), following five years of campaigning.  Debate around these machines, which run on a chainless system called Series Hybrid, dates back to 2018 when several German e-bike dealers were threatened with € 5,000 fines …

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Bolt shifts 60% of users from cars to e-scooters using gentle encouragement, according to new data 

Shared mobility operator Bolt shifts 60% of users from cars to e-scooters for shorter trips, according to new data from a pilot programme. In 2021, Estonia-based firm Bolt ran a scheme designed to switch travellers from ride-hailing to scooters during shorter trips. Randomly selected groups of Bolt customers from 10 …

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Tier scooters launch in Belgium 

E-scooter operator Tier has officially launched in Belgium, unveiling a fleet of 2,000 machines in the capital Brussels.  The German shared mobility firm, headquartered in Berlin, is established in more than 175 cities and 19 countries, and has plans to expand further in Belgium. Brussels now has a fleet of …

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Bike hire schemes reduce car use by 3.7 miles per user each week, according to shared transport charity 

The popularity of bike hire schemes across the UK has reduced the car miles by 3.7 miles per user per week, according to research from a shared transport charity.  CoMoUK has found that across the 39 sharec cycle schemes in the country, users are opting to ditch the car in …

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