by Future Transport-News
25 Jun 2021
Swiftmile to Add Micromobility Charging to Shell Retail Stations in Berlin
Swiftmile, the pioneer in micromobility charging, has announced a licensing partnership with Shell Brands International AG. Under the partnership, Swiftmile will soon expand its Berlin charging network to include Shell Recharge branded Micromobility Hubs at Shell retail stations and at other locations within the city. Swiftmile’s Berlin expansion will start this summer and bring 25 new Hubs to the City by Fall 2021, growing its citywide network to more than 30 stations with charging for more than 200 total vehicles.
While Shell already rolls out electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers for battery electric cars at its retail sites in Europe, Swiftmile’s Micromobility Hubs will help broaden Shell’s charging portfolio to encompass micromobility, starting with e-scooters. Berlin is the perfect place to begin; the City is home to more than 16,000 shared e-scooters, making it Europe’s largest fleet. As Berlin prioritizes new legislation to make the city more welcoming for pedestrians and two-wheeled travel, Swiftmile’s Hubs will play a critical role in helping the city decarbonize its transport sector and reinvigorate economic activity post-COVID.
The company will partner with local e-scooter operators to incentivize parking at Mobility Hubs to keep vehicles charged and organized and reduce the congestion and emissions from van-based charging. The Hubs will be equipped with a digital display that may show ads from local businesses, alongside public service announcements and real-time transit information. These digital displays allow Swiftmile partners to deploy Mobility Hubs at little or no cost, while also providing free, secure charging to private e-scooter owners.
“We’ve always thought of Swiftmile as the gas station of the future, and that vision is coming to life in Berlin. We are thrilled to partner with Shell to expand its Shell Recharge offer and provide a model for sustainable transportation for cities across the globe. Micromobility can replace 60% of short journeys in German cities where cars may currently be used and this partnership is essential to unlocking that potential.”
This deployment will build on Swiftmile’s growing charging network across Berlin, which already includes four stations in partnership with the BVG. In May, Swiftmile also partnered with micromobility operator Lime to launch stations on the outskirts of Berlin that will expand sustainable transport options to residents and businesses outside of the city center.
This article was originally published by Swiftmile.
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