The e-scooter provider Hive launched a pilot project Tuesday (April 16, 201) on the Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) campus. The 3,000 employees and scientists there can now try out a total of 100-electrically powered scooters. Hive is an electric scooter brand of a joint venture between BMW and Daimler and is part of the Free now ride-hailing area, which also includes MyTaxi.
E-scooters soon to hit streets
The e-scooter as a sharing model has been launched pending the Bundesrat’s approval of an ordinance expected on May 17, 2019. The law, passed by the German cabinet on April 3, 2019 permits the use of e-scooters on German roads. E-scooters are easy to manage, quiet and environment-friendly vehicles. Common sights in U.S. cities; electric-scooters are registered in some European countries and could hit German roads this spring. Tristan Torres Velat, CEO of Hive, said: “Urban mobility is facing major international challenges and is undergoing fundamental change. We are firmly convinced that e-scooters will soon make a significant contribution to a sustainable and clean mobility mix in Germany as well. We are very grateful to the DESY Research Centre for allowing us to rehearse the operation on its premises and to gain valuable feedback.”
Modern mobility on campus of the future
From DESY’s point of view, the e-scooters can, if they test successfully, become an important part of transport on a modern campus. “As a driver of innovation, DESY gives new impetus to cutting-edge research on a daily basis. To this end, we are also developing the campus of the 21st century,” said Helmut Dosch, Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors. “The tests of the e-scooters reflect our aspirations to make our sustainable research campus modern,” he added.
Fun and climate protection
The co-operation between DESY and HIVE is supported by Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality. She noted: “Driving an electric scooter is fun and protects the climate. The DESY campus is ideal for trying out and optimising the new electric scooters. We, in Hamburg, can benefit from the experience gained here in terms of safety and practical driving.”
Commenting on the e-scooters, Dr. Rolf Strittmatter, Managing Director of Hamburg Invest, initiator of the project and economic development agency in the city, noted: “Hamburg is making the city of tomorrow a tangible experience and is making a name for itself as an attractive metropolis of the future with sustainable concepts, smart mobility and a high quality of life. Under the motto Future Hamburg, we show that innovative, sustainable solutions for local and global challenges are emerging in Hamburg.”
Hamburg is hosting the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress 2021 which will likely turn the city into Germany’s model of urban and regional mobility solutions in the coming years. “The fact that Hamburg is also one of the pioneers in setting up e-scooters in Germany is a small but important step along this path,” Strittmatter added.
More European cities to follow
Hive launched e-scooters as part of a pilot project in Lisbon last December and the company also does business in Paris, Athens, Warsaw and Wroclaw. Vienna follows on April 18, 2019. The e-scooters will be rolled out to some 20 European cities this year including several German cities. Users just have to download the Hive app on a mobile phone. Then the nearest scooter can be located, unlocked and locked at the end of the ride for just EUR 1 per trip and 15 Cent per minute. E-scooters are likely to be frequently used on the first and last mile, on the commute to work and for outings at the weekend.
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