The City Council and the Spanish company rental and leasing motorcycles Cooltra presented eCooltra motosharing, a rental service of electric motorcycles per minute with an initial rate that ranges between 0.20 euros and 0.30 euros per minute, as has the company reported.
With an initial investment of 1.5 million euros, the company will start operation in March with a fleet of 250 electric scooters in the city of Barcelona. Thomas Megía, eCooltra CEO, explained that the idea is to reach the 800 electric scooters in shared format, “now start with 250 units, and the intention is immediately up to 400 units, provided on demand.”
Megía Thomas, CEO of eCooltra, Mercedes Vidal, Mobility Councillor of Barcelona City Council and founder and CEO Timo Cooltra Buetefisch.
After launching the service in Barcelona Cooltra it plans to expand the fleet and reach other capitals of Europe and the United States, with a forecast for 2016 of 1,050 electric scooters in different European cities. Throughout 2016, eCooltra Motosharing enter Madrid, Milan and Paris with 250 electric motorcycles in each city. Service progressively reach cities such as London, Amsterdam and Berlin, involving a total investment of 20 million euros.
The Spanish company Cooltra, born in 2006 with contributions from investment funds and Caixa Capital Risc, Finaves-from business school IESE, Grupo HS3 and several family offices in Spain and Germany, has undergone a major expansion in a few years. It’s been renting 50 scooters by a single office in Barcelona to have a fleet of 4,500 motorcycles (500 electric scooters), 11 regional offices in Spain, 2 in Italy, 2 in France and 1 in Brazil, more than 100 rental outlets in southern Europe and a workforce that reaches more than 100 employees. Its turnover is currently 7 million euros in 2016 and expects to reach 11 million euros, 1.5 eCooltra motosharing service.
eCooltra motosharing: Through a free float, free parking system, you can return your scooter in any legal parking space within an area of 40 square km back. Through a user app locates the scooter, making the booking, you use it and pay. The service also includes a comprehensive insurance with excess for vehicle damage and damage to unlimited third.
How does it work? From a smartphone and by eCooltra motosharing app, users can geotag nearby scooters and click on the one you want to book.
Once the reservation is made, eCooltra offers 30 minutes to get to the scooter before the reserve is automatically canceled. Of these 30 minutes, the first 15 are free, so you can pick up the scooter and start the movement or cancel the reservation without charge. Once you found the scooter reserved the user unlocks the seat to take the town and turns on the motorbike by app (keyless start). When it reaches its destination, the driver parks at any suitable place in the area back eCooltra and off the scooter, also through the smartphone. Once the service is loaded automatically completed its cost to the credit card that the user has scored at registration.
The motorcycles and scooters: Electric scooters are the GOVECS brand and are geolocated and connected by 3G, Bluetooth and GPS. They are equivalent to a moped and are limited to speeds of 45 km / h. With an innovative system, the electric scooters do not need key to get going, because they are activated from the app each user. Each electric scooter has two adjustable helmets are cleaned and disinfected regularly also also offers disposable lens filters.
The partners: The project has since its inception with the participation of agents of reference in automotive innovation and the development of smart solutions for urban mobility.
Cooltra works closely with CEIIA, Portuguese technological center specializing in aerospace, automotive and mobility equipped vehicle electronics and is responsible for the development of App.
Fleet scooters are GOVECS the German manufacturer specializing in the development, production and distribution of electric vehicles and major supplier of electric motorcycles for hire service eCooltra.
ElectricFeel Swiss firm specializing in planning and managing mobility demand, has led the development of the platform for managing motosharing.
Finally, the technical direction of the project lies in Nektria, Catalan company specialized in solutions for the last mile.
eCooltra launch a fleet of 250 electric scooters to rent for minute in Barcelona