Helbiz rolls out e-bike fleet in Rome
Posted: 15 November 2019 | Intelligent Transport
The company has been awarded a three-year license to begin operating 500 electric, dockless bicycles in Rome, which will reportedly expand to 2,500 bicycles by the end of 2019.
Micro-mobility provider Helbiz has launched a fleet of electric bicycles in Rome, Italy.
“As major cities around the world move towards more sustainable transportation options, Helbiz is honoured to introduce our e-bicycles and support these green initiatives in the capital of my home country,” said Salvatore Palella, founder and CEO of Helbiz. “Our electric bicycles ease traffic and reduce vehicle emissions while offering commuters a convenient and affordable transportation option when navigating and exploring the beautiful and historic city of Rome.”
In addition to the launch of its new e-bicycles, Helbiz has opened a Rome-based office and warehouse to run its operations on-the-ground, employing a full-time team to ensure its fleet is charged, repaired and maintained.
The company has also partnered with Telepass, which offers electronic toll collection systems, to enable Telepass’ six million users to easily reserve and pay for Helbiz e-bikes on the Telepass app. Unlike other transportation options, there will be no unlock fee and rides will be priced at €0.07 per minute.
Helbiz’s e-bikes are said to have a 36-month lifespan per bike. Each bike is equipped with a 250W motor and an interchangeable battery of 14AH, with a range of up to 80km on a single charge and a maximum speed of 30km/hour.