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Four months on – what lies ahead for electric scooters?

The summer's over, but the electric scooters are still here. It’s been around four months since the first e-scooters conquered the cities of Germany. No other means of transport has triggered as much controversial discussion as electric scooters. For some, they were seen as the beginning of a new urban era, for others, an overrated new mobility hype. But the fact is that they are still there, and their numbers have grown.

Data-based evaluations are still scarce, although essential for constructive debate. Back in July, civity published the first data-based analysis of the electric scooter market, which met with considerable interest. The time has now come to take a look at the updated data again, this time with some insights for the rest of Europe.
A total of 12 suppliers are active on the European market. The providers Lime, Tier, Voi and Circ are the most dominant and active in more than 30 cities in Europe. Just like in Germany, expansion in the rest of Europe primarily took place in medium-sized cities and regions with strong tourism. The cities with the highest usage figures are Oslo and Brussels, where an average of more than 5 trips per electric scooter are recorded each day.
As regards fleet size, expectations have been confirmed that the number of electric scooters on the road has increased across all suppliers. In Berlin, the Tier and Voi vehicle fleets have doubled since the first evaluation in mid-July, from around 1000 to over 2000. In Hamburg and Munich, the number of Tier and Voi scooters even tripled over the same period. The number of uses per scooter per day declined, but this can also be attributed to the fact that the fleets have been growing.
You can find the complete analyses as well as our evaluations here.