A new, shared mobility service has launched in the greater Basel region in early September with electric scooters from The-Urban, a new brand by the Hamburg-based Walberg Urban Electrics GmbH. The vehicles can be rented as part of the Ibion pilot project underway at Basel’s Muttenz and Pratteln stations. The pilot project is being carried out in collaboration with Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and the Hamburg-based company.
The-Urban electric scooters are compact, foldable and lightweight vehicles that can be used flexibly on arrival at a destination. The escooters can be removed and returned from so-called scooboxes around the clock in self-service mode. Bookings can be made per app. Afterwards, the customer simply enters the end of the journey in the app and returns the scooter to the scooboxes, which serve as charging stations. Produced by Walberg Urban Electrics, the escooters are already in use in various European countries.
Attractive mobility offer
“Ibion is our concrete response to emerging mobility developments,” said Mirko Woetzel, Head of Smart Infrastructure at Cablex, the company behind the project. “By renting The-Urban electric scooters, which are stored and recharged in permanently installed charging stations, we support the communities in providing their inhabitants with an attractive mobility option and solve the problem for the operators of having to collect the vehicles again in the evening. At the same time, we are making a contribution to sustainability,” Woetzel added.