500 e-mopeds in Rome from GO Sharing & Zig Zag
Dutch provider GO Sharing is making 500 e-mopeds available in Rome with immediate effect. The launch of the new vehicles follows a merger with the Italian shared mobility platform Zig Zag Sharing last December.
GO Sharing says that the next goal is to triple the sharing fleet in Rome to 1,500 electric mopeds by the end of this year, as well as expanding the offering to include free-floating bike-sharing. For now, rentals will continue to run through the Italian Zig Zag app, while the vehicles themselves are to be offered under the joint brand Zig Zag GO Sharing – keeping both brand names.
The big shift is that the Zig Zag fleet will now be purely electric. Up till now, the company used Yamaha scooters with 125-cubic engines but these will now be replaced by electric moped scooters from the GO Sharing. The company points out that the new electric scooters are lighter than the combustion engine models they will be replacing, saying that this should make the service more inclusive for women. The vehicles will be charged with renewable energy from Pulsee, with whom a corresponding agreement has been reached. After the expansion within Rome, the service will be offered in other cities in Italy.
Zig Zag founders Emanuele Grazioli and Diego Rocca said: “The future roadmap starts from the capital and points to a revolution in terms of national sustainability. This will take place through two lines: the expansion of the team and the expansion of the offer with new scooters and e-bikes.”
Raymon Pouwels, CEO of GO Sharing said: “We’re very pleased with today’s introduction in Rome, Italy. It’s a great step in our global mission of creating a green planet with shared mobility by everyone, for everyone. Last year we also expanded to Austria, Belgium, Germany and Turkey. We’re looking forward to also further expand in Southern Europe, starting with Italy today, and bring about the mentality shift from personal ownership to shared use.”
In late April last year, GO Sharing announced that it would use its latest financing round for multi-modal expansion in Europe. At the time, the company also announced its expansion in the Belgian city of Antwerp with 500 electric moped scooters. At the beginning of April, the company expanded abroad for the first time to Vienna, Austria with 200 electric moped scooters.
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