Russian ride-hailing firm Citymobil integrates Urent e-scooters into service
Posted: 5 August 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The partnership is thought to be the first example of such cooperation among Russian ride-hailing services.
Citymobil, the Russian ride-hailing service owned by Sberbank and Mail.ru Group JV, has partnered with e-scooter rental service Urent. In Moscow, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar, Citymobil users can now find and book a nearby e-scooter.
“This year we set a course for a multimodal platform for urban mobility – the needs of our users to get around the city are not limited to taxi. The popularity of micromobility is rising due to the pandemic and we believe that Urent integration allows us to give users freedom of choice in any situation,” said Vitaly Bedarev, Executive Director of Citymobil.
Urent is about to increase its e-scooter fleet in Russian cities to 17,000 by the end of the 2020 season and aims to become the largest “kick-sharing service” in Russia and one of the biggest in Europe. Citymobil and Urent plan to bring the average number of rides up to 200,000 per month and up to 300,000 during the peak months.
“We see a growing trend towards cooperation between taxi and kick-sharing services worldwide and believe that the future of urban mobility is multimodal. We are pleased to partner with one of the leaders of the ride-hailing market in Russia. Integration with Citymobil will help us to grow trips per one e-scooter up to five-six per day,” commented Andrey Kolesnik, founder and CEO of Urent.