Bosch has announced the launch its COUP e-scooter sharing service in Paris, and will make 600 rentable e-scooters available in the city from summer, 2017. These electric scooters will be an easy-to-use alternative to public transportation, self-driven cars, or taxis, the company noted. Paris is the second European city that will benefit from the COUP sharing service that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, which launched its services over the past year in Berlin.
The COUP e-scooter service is available to anyone over the age of 21 years, possessing a Class B driver’s license or an international driver’s license. Users can locate, reserve, and book the closest e-scooter through the service’s app, without the necessity for a key. A helmet and two replaceable batteries are located under the seat, with COUP taking care of charging the batteries. The scooters are powered by green electricity and can travel at speeds of up to 45 km/h, the company noted. Users can park the scooters in specially-designated zones within COUP’s business territory. The cost of renting out the COUP e-scooter will be four Euros per 30 minutes, and one Euro for every ten minutes thereafter.
The expansion to France is said to mark another step for Bosch in its efforts to establish itself as a provider of connected mobility solutions. The company noted that Paris is one of the most densely-populated cities in the world, with scooters increasingly becoming a practical means of transportation. Bosch said that COUP aims to further reduce urban traffic and make it more eco-friendly, by providing electric vehicles on-demand as part of a sharing model.
Dr Markus Heyn, Member, Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH, said COUP’s launch has surpassed expectations, with its success having given the company confidence to expand its service to another European city. He added that urban mobility is going to change radically over the next few years, and Bosch wants to help shape this transformation with mobility and service solutions.