In the current era, there are numerous ways to commute within a city. Of these, electric mobility is one of the most preferred options by many. E-mobility is becoming the hottest trend as people have become highly conscious of the increasing threat to the environment due to CO2 emissions and pollution. Undoubtedly, going green is not going to fade anytime soon.
When it comes to Poland, e-scooters are becoming popular as these let commuters zoom around even sans a driving licence. However, there are a few restrictions that people have to adhere to, including a maximum speed of 25km/h. As per a recent study by the Warsaw-based Insurance Guarantee Fund (IGF), nearly 10% of Poles use electric scooters. Of these, it is said that nearly 30% are teenagers.
As people in Poland needs variety, here we have listed some common kick scooter sharing startups operating in Poland along with their market presence, thanks to Mobilne Miasto. As of October 2019, there are over 11,000 kick scooters across 19 cities in Poland.
Lime – 41% (4488 scooters)
Founders: Brad Bao, Toby Sun
Funding: €706 million
Valuation: $2.4 billion
Founded year: 2017
Why its hot: Lime is an electric scooter rental service operating in many cities in Europe. Initially, it started with Paris and gradually expanded to other cities including Warsaw. As Poles are increasingly moving away from the private car market, there is increasing popularity for alternatives like Lime. Earlier this year, Lime started offering free scooter rides in Poland. In fact, Lime was the first major company to provide electric scooter rentals in the country.
Bird – 21% (2298 scooters)
Founders: Travis VanderZanden
Funding: €377 million
Valuation: $2.5 billion
Founded year: 2017
Why its hot: Bird, which is based in the US is a last-mile electric vehicle sharing company. Bird provides affordable as well as eco-friendly solutions to commuters. The service offers dockless electric scooters via an app. A few months back, Bird entered the Poland market and has become quite popular in the country.
Hive – 19% (2141 scooters)
Founded year: 2018
Why its hot: Hive is an offspring between car giants Daimler and BMW. It has started offering two-wheeler rentals in Warsaw recently. Notably, Warsaw is the fourth European city after Lisbon, Athens, and Paris where Hive operates. The priority of Hive is to promote safe as well as responsible riding to the commuters by prompting users to wear helmets before each ride.
Blinkee – 11% (1200 scooters)
Founders: Kamil Klepacki, Marcin Maliszewski, Paweł Maliszewski
Founded year: 2016
Why its hot: Warsaw-based Blinkee has been quite popular among users since its debut. Its scooters are the company’s original project as these let owners design their scooters. These scooters can be rented from the street and controlled via a mobile app. Commuters using Blinkee scooters have to pay only for the time that they use these vehicles. After becoming popular in Poland, the service has launched in Stockholm.
Logo – 3% (288 scooters)
Why its hot: Micro-mobility startup Logo connects people and places in the best, fast, cheap and pleasant way. This startup lets commuters rent an electric scooter via a mobile app. The objective of this startup is to make it easy to get around the cities in an efficient way. The vehicles by Logo are eco-friendly and feature replaceable batteries. There are phone holders in these scooters for ease of use.
Hulaj – 2% (199 scooters)
Why its hot: Hulaj was created by a Cracovian startup as an ecological transport alternative. It is as simple as downloading their app to find a nearby scooter. The Hulaj scooters have a replaceable battery so that there is no need to transport them to the charging station. Eventually, it reduces the emissions of combustion vehicles.
Volt – 1% (152 scooters)
Founders: Zbigniew Zaborowski
Funding: €1.2 million
Valuation: €2 million – €3 million
Founded year: 2018
Why its hot: Volt was founded in Lodz operates in three major cities in Poland such as Lodz, Lublin, and Szczecin for now. The mobility startup has a fleet of over 350 electric kick scooters. As it is a recently launched franchise model, the company is looking forward to increase these numbers. The company operates with the intention to move people within a city.
Besides these, the report also mentions another kick scooter sharing-startup Quick. However, there is no information about the same as of now. We will update about Quick as soon as we get further information.
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