Dott to launch shared e-scooters in Madrid

  • January 30, 2023
  • William Payne

Micromobility operator Dott is to launch a fleet of 2,000 shared e-scooters in Madrid this Spring. Dott was selected as one of three operators to win a three-year contract in the Spanish Capital.

The new e-scooters will feature 12 inch wheels for stability, front, rear and indicator lights, and a phone holder. The e-scooters will join an existing fleet of Dott e-bikes which have been operating in Madrid from March 2021. They will be located and parked at one of over 300 parking spots located across the city.

All e-scooters will be fitted with licence plates to ensure greater accountability from riders and make it easier to report those who disregard the highway code. Any vehicles that are reported as badly parked will be removed within one hour of Dott being notified, keeping streets and sidewalks clear for other road users and pedestrians.

Dott uses 100% electric vehicles and cargo bikes to support its operations with battery swaps and fleet movement. E-scooter’s are charged with renewable energy and vehicle lifespans are extended through careful maintenance and repairs.

Teams of in-house, expert mechanics are responsible for maintaining Dott’s vehicles. E-scooters are checked over during every battery swap, as well as during a programme of regular maintenance .

Speed limits are built into Dott’s vehicles, with lower speeds set for heavily pedestrian areas. To encourage safe riding, over 1 million spaces will be made available at a series of regular safe driving courses, which will be free to join.

Dott’s e-scooters are available to hire through the Dott app, with passes available offering greater value for regular users.

To ensure that a vehicle is always available where and when it’s needed, software will ensure that vehicles cannot be parked in bays that are full, creating an even balance of vehicle availability across the city.

When ending a trip, the rider must take a photo of their parking, with 100% of images validated manually to confirm correct parking.

Maxim Romain, Co-Founder and COO, Dott, said: “The launch in Madrid marks a turning point for our service in Spain, and a major increase in the number of vehicles we operate there as we bring efficient, safe and environmentally friendly transport to the Capital city. We will bring our experience of collaborating closely with city authorities across Europe to ensure that we offer a reliable service for our riders whilst respecting all other road users and pedestrians.”