15 Nov 18

Where to get an e-scooter?

The rise of scooters makes you wonder where these scooters come from and if you could integrate them in your corporate fleet.

The booming business of shared e-scooters

The Chinese connection

Most of the sharing e-scooter companies are not building their own vehicles but rely on Chinese manufacturers, as is also the case on the bike sharing market. Afterwards, they brand the model and add company specific features, such as their own app and GPS devices. The Xiaomi is considered by news agency Axios as the most popular model in the shared scooter business. Xiamo provides a model which is called Mi Electric Scooter which is used at least by Bird and Spin. 

Lime is the only company designing its own scooters. This development arose out of a partnership with Segway, which is remarkable because Segway sued Ninebot, the company that designed the scooters for Xiamo, for patent infringement only a year before merging into one company with Xiamo. In spite of the merger, both companies will keep their individual brands. 

Since the scooter revolution started only recently, other scooter sharing companies might start developing their own scooters as well. Ride hailer Uber, for instance, already started engineering its own scooters in San Francisco.  

Scooter leasing

At least in the US, this popular scooter among scooter sharing companies can be bought by individual customers as well, via Amazon, for less than $500. But it becomes interesting when companies want to integrate e-scooters in their fleet. Scooter sharing company Lime has a dedicated corporate option, called Lime Business Network, which tailor a custom-made corporate scooter sharing plan with Lime scooters. 

Dedicated to fleet managers, leasing company ALD will start leasing e-scooters as part of a multimodal leasing contract, or as a separate scooter leasing contract. Depending on the specific needs of the company, ALD offers various scooter models, which can reach up to 18km/h. Depending on the model, the range could go from 50km to 70km, making them able to bridge even larger distances for an employee who lives outside the city centre, for example. 

Authored by: Fien Van den steen