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What the demise of Superpedestrian means for the e-scooter industry

At an all-hands meeting just before Thanksgiving, Superpedestrian’s CEO Assaf Biderman told staff the electric scooter company was gearing up for fresh funding and a merger. Management would announce the news on January 1, but until then, Superpedestrian needed to go lean. A handful of people lost their jobs, including some executives in Europe. The…

8:00 am PST • December 28, 2023
What the demise of Superpedestrian means for the e-scooter industry

Lime, the startup with shared e-scooters and e-bikes in 280 cities around the world, has been talking about going public for years. Now, Lime CEO Wayne Ting says the economic…

Why Lime says the time is almost right to go public

Nearly 90% of Paris voters voted to ban shared e-scooters, but turnout was low, and companies say many young people didn’t vote.

Paris votes overwhelmingly to ban shared e-scooters

The e-bike market in America is getting a brave new player. Off the back of its $7.4 million Series A funding close, Velotric announced this week that it will be doubling…

This e-bike brand by Lime and Didi vets pedals into the US with $12M raised

Shared micromobility giant Lime said it has achieved full-year profitability on both an adjusted and unadjusted EBITDA basis, which would make it an outlier in an industry that has struggled…

Lime reports first profitable year, tests the waters for IPO

Madrid has renewed the operating licenses for scooter-sharing services in the city. The city council has chosen three operators for the next three years — Dott, Lime and Tier. This…

Madrid selects Dott, Lime and Tier for scooter licenses

This weekend, mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo told Le Parisien that Parisians will get to vote whether they want to ban free-floating electric scooters or not. As I explained last…

Paris to hold vote on shared scooters

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Scooters in Paris are at a crossroads

What is going to happen to the 15,000 colorful electric scooters that currently spill across the streets of Paris? On March 23rd, their fate could drastically change as the French capital weighs up whether or not to renew licenses for the three scooter companies currently operating in the city. And this isn’t just going to…

7:01 am PST • January 13, 2023
Scooters in Paris are at a crossroads

Shared electric scooters came onto the scene five years ago with a promising vision of getting people out of cars and on to greener modes of transportation. Yet despite billions…

Micromobility in limbo: Takeaways from Paris and LA

With the apparent demise of Bolt Mobility, the divide between technology businesses and those that are merely tech-enabled is back at the forefront of our minds.

The disappearance of Bolt Mobility shows how corrosive depreciation can be for IRL startups

Shared micromobility giant Lime is finally bringing on some of its own city-appeasing advanced rider assistance system (ARAS) technology. At a Lime event in Paris, the startup shared plans to…

Lime has built its own camera-based sidewalk detection technology

What will it take for micromobility to be a suitable addition to the ideal transportation mosaic that gets everyone, regardless of disability or socioeconomic status, from point A to point…

Micromobility is fun, but perhaps that’s all it’ll ever be

We sat down with Veo CEO and co-founder Candice Xie one year after our initial interview to discuss what is happening in shared micromobility.

Veo’s Candice Xie one year later, still slowly and steadily winning the profitability race

Shared micromobility operator Lime will temporarily shut down its operations in several South Korean cities at the end of the month. Lime attributes its withdrawal to regulatory shortfalls, like the…

Lime suspends operations in South Korea due to “chaotic scooter environment”

Shared micromobility giant Lime is piloting electric motorbikes in Long Beach, California. Lime has been teasing a new form factor to cater to use cases outside of scooters and bikes…

Lime is trialing shared electric motorbikes

Ben Bear, the CEO of shared micromobility operator Spin, is stepping down from his role just a couple of months after the company was purchased by Tier Mobility, another shared…

Meet Philip Reinckens, Spin’s new CEO

Shared micromobility company Bird is launching a limited pilot to test a battery-powered attachment for wheelchairs in an effort to increase accessible mobility for persons with disabilities. The new “adaptive…

Bird tests motorized wheelchair attachment in NYC

Tier Mobility, the Berlin-based micromobility operator that has been steadily taking over Europe, is making a sweeping entry into North America by acquiring Spin from automaker Ford. Tier will acquire…

Tier Mobility acquires Spin from Ford, marking entry into North America

Lime is finally making good on its promise to deliver its Gen4 e-bike to the streets after first announcing plans to introduce the new hardware last March. The new bikes…

Lime’s new e-bike has a swappable battery that also works with its scooters

2021 was the year micromobility as a concept, a solution and a way of life really started to settle in. Increased shared micromobility and COVID-ridden public transit helped make small…

Micromobility in 2022: Refined, mature and packed full of tech

The Miami City Commission voted on Monday to reinstate its e-scooter pilot program, which it had briefly banned due to safety concerns. Shared e-scooters from companies like Lime, Bird, Helbiz…

Miami reinstates e-scooter pilot after brief ban

Riding a scooter in Paris will soon feel incredibly … slow. The City of Paris has announced that scooter sharing services should restrict the maximum top speed to 10 km/h…

Paris asks scooter sharing services to restrict speed to 10 km/h

Shared electric micromobility giant Lime has closed a $523 million raise in convertible debt and term loan financing, money that Lime CEO Wayne Ting says is the next step on…

Lime raises $523M as it prepares to go public

Uber, Lyft, Spin, Bird, Lime and other mobility companies have been working with cities to develop a set of guidelines over how to protect riders’ data. The Privacy Principles for Mobility…

Cities, mobility companies agree to 7 guidelines to keep rider data private

Berlin-based e-scooter rentals company Tier Mobility has announced a $200 million raise, which it says is the “first close” of its Series D, as investors continue to plough money into…

Tier scoots off with $200M, all-equity ‘first close’ of Series D

Bolt Mobility, a micromobility company co-founded by Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, has launched an in-app navigation system for its e-scooters dubbed “MobilityOS.” To make this feature easy to use, Bolt’s…

Bolt Mobility launches in-app navigation for shared e-scooters

Shared micromobility operator Lime is on track for third quarter adjusted EBITDA profitability, marking this as the second profitable quarter in the company’s history, according to CEO Wayne Ting. During…

For second time, Lime announces adjusted EBITDA-profitable quarter

Newly reported financial data from Bird, an American scooter-sharing service, shows a company with an improving economic model and a multiyear path to profitability. However, that path is fraught.

Bird shows improving scooter economics, long march to profitability

Micromobility company Bird has officially joined the ranks of e-scooter and e-bike operators that are integrated with Google Maps, which now surfaces nearby vehicles for users in the U.S. Bird’s…

Bird is the latest operator to integrate its e-scooters and e-bikes with Google Maps

Spin users planning trips in 84 cities, towns and campuses across the U.S., Canada, Germany and Spain will be able to view Spin’s electric scooters and bikes on the app…

Spin’s electric scooters and bikes are now on Google Maps