If you believe in marketing, the trend is away from ownership and towards shared products. Cars, bicycles, tools and other services fall under the aspect of the sharing economy. Recently, e-scooters are available in many German cities. Whereby “Sharing” strictly does not apply to the electric scooters from the customer’s point of view – “Spontaneous short-term rental” is more likely, because the scooters are still part of the service provider.
There are currently four providers of e-scooters in Munich: CIRC, LIME, TIER and VOI. In principle, the system works just like the rental bikes. You download the respective app, log in on it easily, deposit a credit card and you’re ready to go. A driver’s license or proof of age is at least not necessary for the four providers.
Borrow and deliver
After starting the app you can see on a map where the next scooter is. Depending on the provider, this can be started immediately via the app or started via QR code.
A reservation possibility is unfortunately missing with all offerers. Especially at the beginning, where the interest in scooters is great, it can easily happen that the desired scooter is already gone when you are a few minutes away and must first run to the desired scooter.
The return takes place within the business area. The scooter can be parked at any corner. For some providers, the parked scooter must be photographed.
How much is the fun?
The prices vary slightly, but on the whole they are similar everywhere. The borrowing is in the tested by me scooters with 1 € per ride always on, everything else is billed for minute prices between 15-20 cents and is therefore relatively expensive. A ride of 15 minutes costs therefore about 4 euros – with the also electric powered mopeds from Emmy, for example, the minute costs only three cents more and the fee for borrowing is even completely eliminated.
Currently circulating various vouchers and test coupons everywhere on the net, before you test an e-scooter so a short search is recommended.
The providers in the test
Price: One Euro / basic charge. 20 cents per minute.
The scooters from CIRC make a robust impression. The feeling was the speed here at the beginning even faster than the 20 km / h, but I can not prove this, because it lacks a speedometer display.
Price: One Euro / basic charge. 25 cents per minute.
The scooter from LIME looks pretty “rickety”, felt a bit more insecure than, for example, the CIRC scooter. At LIME, the scooter must be photographed on return, obviously to help the next customer. In the app, however, there is a so-called game called “parked or not”. Photos of scooters are shown here according to the Tinder wiping principle – the “player” can decide whether he has parked fairly. Thus, the gamification factor ensures that no scooters have been turned off in an unauthorized manner. LIME is one of the most expensive e-scooters and even exceeds Emmy’s e-moped prices.
Price: One Euro / basic charge. 19 cents per minute.
The scooter from TIER makes a robust impression. So far, I have been driving the most with TIER, which is mainly due to the large business area and the fact that they cooperate with MVG, the Munich transport company. For example, these scooters are displayed in the MVG app, along with rental bicycles and various car sharing providers.
Price: One Euro / basic charge. 15 cents per minute.
The scooter from VOI also makes a very robust impression. The driving feeling is good. In Munich, the VOI scooters in the city center are ready at many corners.
Sustainably looked into the glass ball
The providers of e-scooters advertise sustainability, environmental friendliness and relieving the city center with fewer vehicles. Theoretically, this is a desirable future vision.
Practically it looks different, because unfortunately the power for the scooter does not come out of the socket and must also be generated.
In addition, the scooters are collected and charged overnight by employees or volunteer “microjobbers”. With a weight of several kilos per scooter vehicles for collecting and redistributing the scooter the next day are also needed, which in turn must be refueled.
The fact that the scooters are used by many customers and exposed to the weather, they have, depending on the source one finds, a half-life of about one to two months, then they must be disposed of.
Relief and reduction of vehicles only works if replacement takes place. At the moment, however, only new vehicles arrive in cities, the old and broken ones remain. So, in fact, more and more vehicles are being used instead of less. The streets will be fuller.
The new scooters have only been on the streets for a few weeks and there are already reports of injured, drunk drivers and accidents. Here, however, one must also say that of course pedestrians and cyclists pass through accidents on a daily basis, with and without the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If the business areas are expanded overall, for many the scooters may be a great way to get over the “last mile” from the front door to the subway or suburban train or bus station.
Although the slowed to 20 km / h speed in the truest sense of the word slows the fun, bring the small scooter with a lot of it. Because it’s always fun.
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