PBSC launches multimodal solution to dock and charge e-scootersOctober 14, 2020 — Productos
Cities will now be able to securely dock and recharge various types of e-scooters in the same PBSC smart-stations that accommodate our bikes and e-bikes
Since its inception over 10 years ago, the PBSC smart-station has come a long way. From the original energy self-sufficient solar station that started the movement, to the e-station, hooked up to the city’s power grid and able to recharge PBSC’s e-bikes. Today, we announce the next and biggest innovation in our smart-stations yet: our multimodal solution.
PBSC has invested millions in research and development to not only use cutting edge technology, but also create a solution that is highly customizable. Our over 7,000 smart-stations around the world adhere to the highest quality standards and together provide 150,000 smart docks across 4 continents. We’re also aware that micromobility goes beyond bike-sharing, and that cities need a comprehensive, compatible solution to successfully integrate different types of micromobility vehicles.
That’s why our engineers have created an innovative solution to allow most of the e-scooters on the market to both dock and recharge at all PBSC smart stations. A triangular device is mounted onto the frame of e-scooters (just like the technology on our bikes) which makes them compatible with our docking points. Our smart-stations organize, secure, and charge electric vehicles, all while reducing operating costs. That means no headaches for cities struggling with e-scooters scattered across sidewalks – these designated parking spots keeps all micromobility vehicles secured and organized. Our multimodal solution also minimizes costs associated with theft and vandalism (by keeping assets secured), and those associated with the labour involved in fleet rebalancing.
As our first pilot project to come, new e-scooters will be made available within existing PBSC bike share systems. For the first time in our history, e-scooters will be docked and charged alongside our bikes and e-bikes. Of course, the PBSC app will support this new mode of transportation within the user experience.
With the micromobility landscape rapidly evolving, we see an opportunity in turning our smart stations into multimodal micromobility hubs, on top of being capable of securing and charging our bikes and e-bikes. This already-existing infrastructure gives cities a way to adapt to the emerging mobility trends and to dock scooter fleets with a simple modification to the scooters themselves. Our vision is an urban landscape where multiple types of micromobility vehicles are available to city dwellers in an organized fashion that makes the experience simple and enjoyable for both system operators and users.