Charge To Expand Network Of Ebike And Escooter Stations

Charging and storage stations planned for 6,000 locations in US and Europe.

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The Charge SmartStation is designed to clean up sidewalk clutter.Charge

Micromobility company Charge will expand its network of charging, storage, and service stations for ebikes and electric scooter across the US and Europe. The company said it is leveraging its real estate network to secure more than 6,000 locations in those regions.

Charge also announced it will begin trial programs with Charge SmartStations in Paris and Lyon, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and Milan, Italy starting in early 2020.

“With some cities housing over 50,000 shared escooters from operators such as Bird, Lime, Spin, and Voi—and more landing every week—something has to give,” Charge co-founder and CEO Andrew Fox said. “Cities are unable to cope with the extreme clutter caused by these vehicles, and the race to build infrastructure for micromobility has begun. We provide a win-win solution for cities, scooter operators, riders, and residents so that communities can implement a safe and sustainable strategy for electric micromobility.”

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The SmartHub mass charging center can charge more than 70 scooters at once.Charge

In a news release, Charge stated that it is experiencing high demand for the following flagship products:

  • Charge SmartHub: Mass charging centers capable of charging more than 70 electric scooters simultaneously. Charge SmartHubs are strategically located in dense urban areas to maximize charging capabilities while reducing downtime.
  • Charge SmartStation: Battery-powered charging stations designed to address the major shortcomings of micromobility while cleaning up sidewalk clutter. Charge SmartStations are designed to make micromobility manageable for urban communities.

The Charge SmartStation and Charge SmartHub detect which operators have escooters docked in each station; they only charge the scooter operators that have an agreement with Charge. Each operator is billed by the percentage of charge.

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