Swapfiets delves into e-scooters, plans European expansion

Swapfiets is expanding throughout Europe with plans for London, Milan and Paris before the end of 2020.

The Dutch bicycle subscription provider is also testing a new e-scooter offering as it looks to diversify its business model.

“Cities throughout the world are facing the challenge of environmental pollution through increasing traffic congestion and density,” said a Swapfiets statement.  “And so far, bicycles are the most efficient, sustainable and ecologically friendly transportation solution for individuals within the existing mobility mix. But to tackle large city transportation problems the shift from cars to modern individual transportation solutions has to be made as easy as possible for a large number of people living in cities.

“Consequently – while keeping its focus on bicycles –Swapfiets responds to the demands and needs of communities and commuters to provide innovative e-mobility products, combining existing public transportation with helpful individual transportation solutions for the first and last mile as well as solutions for faster and easier long-distance travel between urban and suburban areas.”

The e-Scoot will be made available as part of Swapfiets monthly subscription, with repairs included in the monthly fee. Designed and produced by NIU, it remains in a test phase and has limited availability in Berlin only.

In June, Swapfiets reached 200,000 members throughout Europe, which the brand primarily attributes to significant growth in large cities in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Denmark.

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