Rome’s first ever e-scooter fleet launched by Helbiz
Posted: 29 May 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
1,000 e-scooters will join Helbiz’s existing fleet of 2,500 e-bikes across Rome, aimed to offer a safe and sustainable mode of transportation while being seamlessly integrated into Rome’s public transportation system.
Micromobility firm Helbiz has announced the launch of Rome’s first ever e-scooter fleet. At a press conference, hosted by the Mayor of Rome, Telepass and Helbiz, Mayor Virginia Raggi highlighted the city’s expanded partnership with the micromobility company to help promote social distancing measures and support mobility.
“Rome is starting again under the banner of sustainable mobility,” said Raggi. “We welcome the first e-scooter fleet, an innovative service that both citizens and tourists can use to travel around the city. This represents a new model of sharing and encourages private operators to invest in an internationally growing sector. During these unprecedented times, our habits have changed, and as an Administration, we are promoting new mobility choices. Rome is also changing through these innovative solutions with zero environmental impact.”
“Thanks to this service, we are offering a concrete solution to the growing demand for dynamic and sustainable mobility in our city – a need that has emerged even stronger during this crisis,” added Pietro Calabrese, councillor of the Comune in Movimento. “E-scooters, which thanks to the latest government regulations can also circulate on cycle paths, are an excellent transportation solution, especially for short distances. The use of micromobility devices will work well on the 150km of temporary cycle paths that are planned for Rome.”
“We are really proud to be the City of Rome’s first choice for micromobility,” said Salvatore Palella, founder and CEO of Helbiz. “As the world becomes more reliant on alternative modes of transportation, our scooters have proven to be a green, economical and convenient travel option. We’re certain that our devices will be appreciated by the Romans and the tourists that we all hope will soon return to visit the city.”
To access a Helbiz e-scooter or e-bike, users pay €1 for the initial unlocking plus €0.15 per minute for the ride. Additionally, the company recently introduced its first subscription programme offering users unlimited daily rides for less than €1 a day. At €29.99 a month, Helbiz Unlimited allows users to ride Helbiz’s fleet of e-scooters or e-bikes for 30 minutes at a time. Users who access Helbiz through Telepass Pay will be able to ride their first 30 minutes for free.