Helbiz expands e-scooter operation into Virginia

Helbiz has rolled out e-scooters across Alexandria and Arlington in Virginia.

The micromobility company has made an initial 200 e-scooters available in Alexandria, while 100 have arrived in Arlington. The move follows a successful launch in Washington DC.

“In these unprecedented times, when everyone around the world is encouraged to social distance, we believe that micromobility solutions offer the best way for people to get around while still maintaining a safe distance from each other,” said Gian Luca Spriano, director of international business development for Helbiz.

“Our goal has always been to build a strong hub in the area with a presence in the District, Alexandria and Arlington. Locals can now easily access our micro-mobility solutions that supplement existing transportation options.”

Helbiz has opened a Virginia-based warehouse in Alexandria to run its operations on-the-ground, employing a full-time team to ensure its fleet is charged, repaired and well-maintained.

“As the state begins to gradually re-open, Helbiz plans to launch community initiatives to engage with locals, including the Helbiz Apprenticeship Programme, which provides career pathway opportunities in the mobility industry, and the Helbiz Access Programme, which provides discounts on rides for low-income residents,” said a Helbiz statement. “Through various community engagement events, Helbiz will help drive the awareness and adoption of micro-mobility solutions around the area.”

Users can download the Helbiz app on iOS and Android to geolocate, rent and unlock e-bikes directly from their phones. They can be parked at bike racks or at available designated parking hubs when finished with their ride.

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