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Bird flies with Enel X to power e-scooters in Italian cities
- July 7, 2020
- Steve Rogerson
Energy company Enel X is bringing micro-mobility to Italian cities following a partnership with Californian e-scooter company Bird.
This means that users of the Enel X JuicePass app, used for managing electric vehicle charging services, will be able to rent Bird electric scooters directly.
Micro-mobility is proving to be a valid alternative to traditional transport for fast and sustainable travel. Enel X and Bird have consolidated their cooperation by adding to Enel X’s JuicePass app a section dedicated to the rental service of over 5000 Bird electric scooters in Italian cities including Turin, Rome, Milan, Verona, Rimini and Pesaro. The aim is to offer customers the option of a fully integrated mobility experience.
“Our partnership with Bird allows us to offer JuicePass users a unique travel experience within cities and a valid alternative to traditional means of transport, thanks to which traffic flows in our cities can also be eased,” said Alberto Piglia, head of e-mobility at Italian company Enel X. “By contributing to the spread of micro-mobility, we are including an additional element within Enel X’s strategy, which aims to continuously spread sustainable mobility globally.”
Enel X JuicePass users will be redirected to the Bird app to book and use the scooters once the nearest ones have been identified on the map. EV drivers will now be able to park and refuel at the charging points accessible through JuicePass, and continue their journeys on Bird scooters, relieving city traffic and protecting the environment.
“Our goal is to provide a last-mile solution that, when combined with EVs and public transport, makes cities more liveable and safer for everyone.” Said Cristina Donofrio, general manager for Italy at Bird “Collaboration with Enel X will help people move more easily through Bird scooters.”
At the end of the journey, the scooter must be parked in a safe place that does not interfere with pedestrians and vehicles. There is an initial charge for unlocking the vehicle and a fee per minute.
The service developed by Enel X and Bird is the latest step in the collaboration between the two companies that was announced last year at the Formula E E-Prix event in Rome.