"Having more players in the market is a great thing for the industry... but we went with quite a regulated approach. We look at city councils and say 'Hey, we want to be part of the city'. We see them as partners," Co-Founder of Neuron Mobility Zachary Wang says.
The expansion plans come even though the use of e-scooters across the country is limited by law.
The vehicles can only be ridden on private property in New South Wales, though trials are in the works for broader use. In Victoria, e-scooters can't go faster than 10 km per hour on roads or have a power output of more than 200 watts.
Neuron Mobility, which Wang runs with CoFounder Harry Yu, has launched its e-scooters in Brisbane and will roll out in Adelaide and Darwin this year after raising $US18.5 million ($27 million) from Square Peg Capital and GSR Ventures at the end of 2019.
Australia's scooter and bike rental market has been fraught, with operators quitting the local market over the past few years and abandoned bikes showing up in trees and rivers instead of their designated checkpoints.
Neuron Mobility is looking to expand across the country at the same time that ride sharing giant Uber is working to bring its e-bike rental scheme to the local market.
Wang says while competition in the market is accelerating, the business will be able to fight the Uber brand name with well-placed scooters throughout cities and by building strong ties with councils.
"We feel even for a slightly newer brand, as long as we have the scooter at the right time in the right place we can [do this]," he says.
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