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Paris to Launch Electric Moped Hire Scheme (Guardian)

Electric mopeds will be available for hire around Paris from this summer following an “encouraging” trial of the public scheme, the mayor’s office has announced. The service will see 1,000 scooters gradually deployed around the French capital, available to anyone aged over 20 with a moped licence. The electric bikes, equivalent to mopeds with 50cc engines, will be available from 7am until 1am daily under a scheme managed by Cityscoot.

Cityscoot has been testing 50 of the scooters since last June with the support of city authorities and the results had been “very positive”, the mayor’s office said.

“In the last three months 1,200 testers have completed nearly 4,500 journeys,” the office said, adding that 65% of those who took part said they would use the scheme regularly.

For €3 ($3.25) each 15 minutes, users will be able to rent a scooter using an app on their smartphone.

Attribution: http://www.theguardian.com

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