A new report from fleet sharing tech platform Invers and mopedsharing.com has highlighted a big uptake in moped sharing over the last year. According to the report, around 110,000 mopeds are currently on the road worldwide as sharing vehicles, and 12 million people are registered users.
Over the last 12 months, the number of cities in which moped sharing is offered increased by 43 percent to 175, and the number of operators of moped sharing services increased by 13 percent to a total of 87 providers.
And in the same period there was a big uptake in the share of electric-powered vehicles which grew from 77% to 97% of the fleet.
“The results prove with numbers what we experience in practice in projects and partnerships with our clients. The market is growing because the demand for flexible mobility in urban areas is increasing and mopeds promise significant growth as a sustainable sharing solution for medium distances in the mobility mix,” says Alexander Gmelin, co-author of the report and CPO at Invers. “Both report participants and our clients report that the investment climate has improved recently.”
Spain remains the largest market worldwide, followed by Taiwan, Germany, the Netherlands, India and France. New additions include Cyprus and Georgia. Operators in Germany, the Netherlands and France added the most vehicles to their fleets.
“Western Europe is currently the strongest growth driver in the industry, with more than 36,500 mopeds on offer for sharing. Paris contributed to this growth by becoming an important hotspot for European moped sharing. Three large Dutch providers – GO Sharing, felyx and CHECK – expanded into Germany and contributed to the German market growing by 86% compared to the same period last year, to a current total of 13,000 shared mopeds. In the Netherlands, services were rolled out across a number of medium and small size towns.”
The report also highlights that the consequences of pandemic restrictions or lockdowns means operators are developing a diversified, broad-based offering with multiple revenue sources such as long-term rentals and delivery services.
The report also highlights that many cities and operators are developing a Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) offer to promote sustainable transport alternatives. For example, TIER is pushing MaaS solutions with various transport providers; Cityscoot has integrated its offer into the Uber app; and all major Dutch moped sharing providers such as CHECK, GO Sharing and felyx are connected to local and national MaaS solutions.