The Spanish company Acciona has expanded its electric scooter sharing to Rome. Operations will kick off in the Italian capital with 500 vehicles. According to Acciona, it already has more than 10,000 electric scooters in sharing use in various cities.
In Italy, the company is already active in Milan. Since this February, 300 electric scooters have been available there. Acciona also claims to be present in five Spanish cities – Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Zaragoza – as well as in Lisbon, Portugal. The company’s philosophy is that the class L3e vehicles are charged with electricity from renewable energy sources.
In Rome, the free-floating business area covers the centre and most of the city’s districts, including neighbouring tourist communities. All trips must start and end in this area. Electric scooters are available daily from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Acciona says that the vehicles have a power similar to a 125cc engine. Users can choose between three modes: ‘Standard’ has a top speed of 50 km/h, as well as a flexible user-defined mode and the ‘Xtra’ mode with up to 80 or 100 km/h top speed. The company did not mention the manufacturer of the electric scooters in their announcement.
On July 16, the service will launch, “reactivating Rome’s mobility sector in the aftermath of the Covid-19 confinement period” with a special promotion: the rides are free. The offer will then cost between 0.29 and 0.40 euros per minute, depending on the selected driving mode. There is also a break mode for 0.06 cents per minute, which can be used for up to six hours during a journey outside the business area. According to the operator, the one-time registration is free of charge and includes 20 free minutes. For those who want to use the service regularly, it is also possible to book travel packages of 50, 150, 300 or 500 minutes, which is cheaper than the regular price per minute.
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