The Berlin-based micromobility provider Tier Mobility has entered into a cooperation with the Free Now mobility platform from BMW and Daimler. As part of the cooperation, Tier’s electric scooters (kick-scoters and mopeds) will be gradually integrated into the Free Now app.
In Germany, Tier‘s vehicles will be available via Free Now in eight German cities from April onwards. The next step will be launching the offer France on the Free Now app. The two companies say that “further cities across Europe will be launched throughout the summer”.
Free Now has already used electric scooters in its own trial, and in August 2020 the first vehicles from its own subsidiary Hive were deployed in Germany. In the course of the cooperation, Tier Mobility will now take over 5,000 electric scooters from Free Now, redesign them and integrate them into its own fleet.
The two companies emphasise that “green mobility” is their focus. “Our mission to change mobility for good is largely about creating strong partnerships to expand everyone’s access to sustainable, easily accessible and multimodal mobility solutions,” says Lawrence Leuschner, co-founder and CEO of Tier. “Teaming up with one of Europe’s leading mobility platforms will allow us to expand access to our micro-mobility services in Germany, France and other European countries.”
Free Now CEO Marc Berg added: “Our partnership with Tier Mobility is a great demonstration of how committed Free Now is to being a multi mobility platform. It is our mission to empower smarter mobility decisions, help people to move freely and cities to thrive – we are looking forward to bringing even more sustainable e-scooter options to cities all across Europe.”
Just last month, Tier announced that it will be relying on batteries from the Swedish manufacturer Northvolt in the future. By the end of the year, 5,000 electric scooters are to be equipped with such batteries as part of a pilot project. The aim is to improve the sustainability of electric scooter batteries and their raw material requirements, as well as improving sustainability by means of battery swapping stations and recycling. Tier said it will install 4,500 battery-swapping stations at local partner companies across Europe, “creating a sustainable energy network that will transform urban transport and contribute to the electrification of cities.”