Voi Wins Tender in Copenhagen and Re-Launches Carbon-Neutral E-scooter Service
Voi is returning to Copenhagen, having worked closely with the City to find a way for e-scooters to integrate into Europe’s most environmentally conscious city. Services from Voi, Europe’s leading micro-mobility company, will contribute to Copenhagen’s efforts to cut car journeys and lower carbon emissions, while providing an affordable, socially distanced way to get around the city.
As of New Year 20/21, all e-scooter operators in Copenhagen were required to pause operations until a tender process for shared e-scooters was in place. Today, we can announce that Voi has been selected as one of four operators and that our e-scooters are once again on the streets of Copenhagen.
“Voi is thrilled to be returning to Copenhagen, one of the world’s most climate-friendly capitals. As an operator with a presence in more than 70 European cities, we have learned a great deal about making micro-mobility work. Above all, we know that every city is unique and has its own soul.
“Although we’re happy to offer our scooters in the city again, we are disappointed with some elements of the tender, such as the inability to park in the city centre where we know the majority of Copenhageners and visitors to the city would love to find e-scooters. While riders will still be able to ride through the city centre, seeing Copenhagen’s world-famous views, these restrictions will ultimately limit the full benefit of micro-mobility that the city’s residents and visitors can experience. Over the next 12 months, we will work closely with the city to provide an environmentally-friendly micro-mobility solution that is genuinely safe, sustainable and accessible for all.”
Voi will have 800 e-scooters on Copenhagen’s streets for the next 12 months after careful negotiations between e-scooter operators and the city, to provide the safest, most sustainable way to operate shared micro-mobility. The service could possibly be extended for another two years.
“Copenhagen must be a city with smart green solutions that make it easy to be a citizen of the capital. Electric scooters are a great example of a green form of transport that makes it easier to live a green everyday life. Electric scooters had a difficult start in Copenhagen, but I am very pleased that we, together with the providers, have now found a framework that allows electric scooters to return to the streets, in a safe and secure way, that gives Copenhageners more green transport options.”
The World’s First CO2-Neutral Capital
Voi’s electric scooters will help achieve Copenhagen’s goal of being the world’s first CO2-neutral capital by 2025. In the last two years, Voi scooters have replaced 230,000 private car trips and 105,000 taxi rides in Copenhagen, thus reducing pollution of both CO2 and particles in the city. Almost every third ride on an electric scooter is combined with public transport, and Voi will continue to work closely with public transport providers to increase this level of integration.
Launched in 2018, Voi Technology is committed to innovating micro-mobility to make its services both safer and more sustainable. Copenhagen will receive Voi’s latest e-scooter model, the Voiager 4, which is Voi’s most sustainable e-scooter yet with a 5+ year life span.
The new model, which is made up of a third of recyclable materials, has a number of safety features including indicator lights that allow e-scooter riders to signal where they want to go; improved suspension for cobble-stones; sub-one meter location accuracy to enhance navigation and improve geo-fencing; and Voi is piloting technology that will identify when an e-scooter mounts a pavement.
Other initiatives that Voi has taken to give Copenhagen the safest, most accessible and sustainable e-scooter service include:
Facts on Voi’s Tender to the City of Copenhagen:
Voi first launched in Copenhagen in January 2019 and is currently live in six Danish cities, including Aalborg, Aarhus, Frederikshavn, Gentofte and Odense.
This article was originally published by Voi Technology.
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