Swedish Voi launches 2 000 shared e-scooters in Brussels
After successfully launching its shared e-scooter platform in more than 70 cities across Europe, the Swedish Voi is introducing its service in Brussels. Some 2 000 e-scooters will be available to rent. Voi aims at being present in the nineteen municipalities of the Belgian capital.
“Mobility in cities like Brussels faces many challenges, ranging from congestion, accidents, air pollution to irresponsible parking,” explains Charlotte Serres, General Manager Belgium, France, and Spain at Voi.
“Voi wants to become a strategic partner for Brussels Mobility and has the ambition to contribute to safer and more sustainable mobility in cities, accessible to anybody,” she adds.
Voi’s number one priority is the safety of its riders and other road users. In 2020, several safety features were implemented in the Voi app to improve road safety, such as the beginner’s mode setting, limiting speed during a user’s first few rides, or the reaction test to tackle drunk riding. Voi also developed the world’s first online traffic school for e-scooters, where users learn about traffic rules, parking, and road safety in general.
No more waste
Sustainability is another issue Voi considers of paramount importance. It was the first e-scooter platform to have a full life cycle analysis of their service. The company makes sure that its scooters and components can be intensively used as long as possible, reuses spare parts to extend the lifespan of its vehicles, and gives a second life to written-off scooters. The company’s goal is to stop producing waste by 2022.
The introduction of swappable batteries finally resulted in a significant 95% emission reduction. Empty batteries are exchanged on-site, using Voi’s service fleet, which is fully electric and mainly consists of cargo bikes and e-vans.
In August of this year, the Swedish micro-mobility company signed an agreement with Google Maps to offer users Google’s navigation tool for trips with its e-scooters. Thanks to the agreement, Voi scooters will be listed as a means of transport in the route planners in several European cities.
This makes it even easier to plan the route, calculate the travel time, estimate the price, and combine different modes of transport. This feature is expected to be available in Brussels in September.