E-bike sharing startup companies within Amsterdam, like Urbee, Cargoroo, and Municipality, recently have received a large portion, around one million, of a subsidy from Brussels. Europe will give around €8.8 million in total as a subsidy.
This project will last around three years, across seven different cities, and through five countries alongside partnering companies.
The Co-Founder of Cargoroo, Jaron Borensztjn, says the project hopes to prove that sharing electric bikes and vehicles is a possibility for commercial and public purposes.
Of the €8.8 million, the city of Amsterdam will get €1.2 million to begin adding electric hubs within the city where electric bikes being shared can be taken or dropped off. Other cities including Nijmegen, Manchester, Leuven, Arnhem, the French Dreux, and the South German Kempten are also apart of this project.
Cargoroo themselves was given over €700,000 to begin adding an additional 150 electric bikes across seven cities. Urbee will also be adding 260 electric bikes in Leuven, Nijmegen, and Amsterdam.
This project began during late 2017 based around the push from these two electric bike sharing startups. In addition two auto companies in Belgium and a few other institutes are included into the project which includes TU Delft and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is going to look at how customers will change their transportation behavior and will advise TU Delft to help find the optimum places to begin adding new e-hubs.
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