The e-scooter will take over the last parts of Europe
Germany allows micro mobility. Are the Netherlands next?
A few months ago, Bicle introduced you to the rapidly upcoming e-scooter industry. At the time, the electric scooter-trend already reached some major cities around the world, such as Vienna, Brussels, Paris and Prague. The vehicles were also very popular at universities in the USA. Students used them to drive around campus, so they would never be late for class again. During the last months, some big things have happened in the e-scooter industry. So the time is right for Bicle to give you an update on this interesting topic. What has changed? And what is likely to happen next in this e-mobility industry?
Firstly, let’s refresh our minds. Why are e-scooters such interesting vehicles? They are because they’re perfect for traveling the last mile. Park your car just outside the city, or let the bus, metro or train drop you off near your destination. Then rent an e-scooter and travel the remaining distance fast, on an environmental-friendly vehicle. An e-scooter will only cost you one dollar to rent plus an additional 15 cents per travel-minute. You won’t be able to park your car in the middle of a city center for that amount of money. Shortly said: e-scooters are eco-friendly, cheap and solve traffic problems in city centers.
The German turn to e-mobility
From a legal point of view, the e-scooter caused some issues. Due to the maximum speed of the vehicle, there are some governments that struggle to legalize it. This certainly is a setback for the industry, because the Dutch and German governments were amongst those in doubt. Two countries with a huge bicycle market, and endless possibilities for the implementation of the e-scooter. But cheerful news was announced lately: Germany’s minister of traffic, Andreas Scheuer, announced that the full legalization of micro-mobility will happen in 2019. Earlier, these plans were delayed, due to problems with the handlebar and the brakes on certain vehicles.
Wait for the Dutch to open their arms to the e-scooter
How long will it take before the Dutch, close neighbors of the Germans, will open their arms to the e-scooter? In a country where there are more bicycles than people, where some city centers are already car-free, there should be a place for this convenient vehicle. One thing is for sure, major players in the industry, like Lime and Bird, can’t wait to conquer the Dutch market. Moreover, the latter of the two opened its European headquarters in the middle of Amsterdam, and already started renting out e-scooters illegally.
The European solution: Personal Light electric Vehicles
While the German and Dutch governments are breaking their heads on the issue, a universal solution might already be on the way. European politicians are currently working on legislation around personal light electric vehicles, or PLEV’s. This will open up the market in every country around the continent. Some say the worldwide micro-mobility market has the ability to grow to an astonishing 150 billion euro’s in 2030. So it will definitely be worth the wait.