Hamburger Hochbahn AG is testing 60 e-scooters in Berne and Poppenbüttel after earlier tests had been limited to downtown Hamburg. The scooters, by Sweden’s VOI, are yet another means of transport for use on the outskirts of the city. The scooters can be used in the test districts at a reduced price until the end of 2019. A decision will then be taken on their continued use and expansion plans.
Addition to transport mix
Hopes are now high than an intelligent mix of transport means will encourage more people to use buses and trains. “We want to make the first mile to the train, which could tempt you to drive into the city, as easy and attractive as possible with VOI’s e-scooters,” said Henrik Falk, CEO of Hochbahn.
The e-scooters have the potential to become feeders to high-speed train stations, according to VOI. Claus Unterkircher, head of VOI Germany, said: “Our goal is to establish e-scooters as a useful addition to the mobility mix.” The pilot project with Hamburger Hochbahn is unique in Germany.