Helbiz is the latest in a string of micromobility providers to be officially approved by the DfT for UK e-scooter trials.
The company has also partnered with short-distance transportation manufacturer Segway-Ninebot to equip its fleets as it looks to begin operations in the region.
Helbiz said it has identified over 20 UK cities where its fleet of e-scooters and e-bikes would “seamlessly integrate” into existing transport infrastructures. It plans to hire dozens of engineers and mechanics in each city in enters while building community programmes that “help foster talent and develop careers”.
“The UK remains an important region for Helbiz to operate in, and we’re committed to partnering with local authorities to offer an affordable and environmentally sustainable last-mile transportation alternative,” said Salvatore Palella, founder and CEO of Helbiz. “As the market leader in Italy where Helbiz is synonymous with micro-mobility, we look forward to being on-the-ground to help residents and tourists across the UK move.”
“The Segway team is extremely proud to be a part of Helbiz’s recent success in the Italian and US markets,” added Tony Ho, Segway-Ninebot Group’s VP for global business development. “As a partner from the beginning, we witnessed Helbiz’s growth from a young startup to a leader in numerous markets in a short period of time.
“Knowing the team’s dedication and passion for the micro-mobility revolution, we are confident that Helbiz will bring the same success to the UK market. Now with the approval by the DfT, we can begin working closely with Helbiz in the UK to provide world-class service to local communities. We are excited to bring more innovative products and services to the market.