Micromobility in Large Cities: Application and Functioning in Russia
In accordance with Grand View Research, in 2017, the global electric scooters market reached $630 million, which is 8% of the total electric scooters market (without electric bikes). Based on the forecasts, this number will have increased up to 14.5% by 2024.
What are the prospects of micromobility systems and their functioning in Russia? Read in the article below.
What’s the purpose of micromobility?
According to iReactor, the total number of licensed cars has nearly doubled over the past 10 years.
Mega cities are especially affected by the issue of free and fast movement around the city. As the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard states, the Moscow driver spends on average 91 hours a year in traffic jams, that is approximately 26% of the total time of driving.
Thus, Russia takes the second place in the ranking of cities with the world’s most congested roads. Only Los Angeles is higher (102 hours, 12% of the time).
Traffic congestion can be alternatively solved by micromobility, dealing with:
- passing “the last mile”: the pace of life is accelerating, meaning that you need to get to your final destination from the subway station or bus stop quickly;
- traffic jams: you can reach any city location using microtransport;
- the lack of physical activity: office workers are limited in movement. Scooters or bicycles will help such people to live a healthy lifestyle;
- ecology problems: the overall amount of vehicle emissions has increased by 14% over the past 6 years in Russia. Usage of micromobility, as well as electric mobility will reduce this percentage.
However, this type of transport has disadvantages as well – Russians can use it only during 7 months a year.
How is micromobility developing in Russia?
Samocat Sharing was the first company that created the automated scooter stations and special IT platforms in the Russian capital in 2015.
The company believes that Moscow needs the network of 5 thousand micro transport stations that can contain 50 thousand scooters for the efficient functioning of the micromobility system.
Therefore, 2-3% of citizens that are taking short trips using public transport or cars, will be able to ride scooters through the same several bus stops or 2-3 subway stations.
Today, the company is moving towards the goal. It was announced on February 15 that Samocat Sharing, under the agreement with the Kaliningrad Region Development Corporation, is going to launch the micro mobility systems production in a special economic zone of the Kaliningrad region. The total amount of investments into the production will reach 100 million rubles.
Furthermore, Samocat Sharing is going to launch the manufacturing site of the scooters and segways rental stations in Khrabrovo industrial park. It will feature about 10 patented solutions in the micromobility sphere, developed in Skolkovo Innovation Center. Over the next 3 years, 10 000 unique means of transport will be added to the infrastructure.
According to Vasily Bykov, CEO at Samocat Sharing, the launch of production became possible due to new amendment to the law on the Special Economic Zone in the Kaliningrad region, which came into force on January 1, 2018.
«Now, not only the automobile giants, with their assembly lines here, but smaller businesses as well can take advantage of the Kaliningrad region's special economic zone,” - says Vasily.
Vasily Bykov will be a speaker at Connected Car Conference. On May 23, the expert will make a presentation titled “Possibilities for the development of micromobility: symbiosis of car sharing and scooter sharing”.