First ‘app scooters’ finally presented in Amsterdam
On Sunday the Dutch start-up Etergo presented in Theater Amsterdam its first seven electric ‘app scooters’ – so-called because they can get a remote update like a Tesla car. The first ten two-wheeled ‘made in Amsterdam Teslas’ are produced in the cellar of the World Fashion Centre, where Etergo, formerly called Bolt Mobility, has 47 people working on them.
Pre-orders and test drives
The following twelve months clients, who already pre-ordered an app scooter some years ago, will be invited for a test drive. Etergo hopes to deliver about 1.000 scooters next year. Other European cities, like Brussels and Paris, have electric scooters too. Belgian start-up Troty recently put 50 shared and free-floating electric scooters on Brussels’ streets.
The new company name, Etergo, coming from the Latin ‘et ergo’ and meaning ‘and thus’, is referring to the start-up’s mission to contribute to the transition to sustainable energy. Etergo also hopes to reap profit from the cities’ measures banning old and polluting motorbikes from Amsterdam’s environmental zones.
The scooter has a large touchscreen for music and navigation. It accelerates in 3,9 seconds to a 45 kph speed and has a storage capacity of 60 litres. Cost price is 3.399 euro. A real dealer network will be too expensive at first, Etergo therefore will select about ten regions where service and maintenance will be offered by mobile service vans.