Bosch launched its first shared mobility platform Coup, developed in close partnership with global leader for connected e-scooters Gogoro and BCG Digital Ventures, subsidiary of the Boston Consulting Group.
The Coup platform offers a smart e-scooter sharing service in Berlin. According to Bosch, 200 award-winning Gogoro e-scooters will be available in such Berlin’s neighborhoods as Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.
“Gogoro is collaborating with the new Coup sharing service because we share the same vision to realize advanced urban mobility in cities. Launching the Gogoro Smartscooter in Berlin as our first expansion market is special because it is a great two-wheel city and is also one of the most sophisticated, progressive and creative cities in the world,” said Horace Luke, co-founder and CEO of Gogoro.
With the help of an accompanying app, users will be able to access the service. The app allows users to locate and book the nearest e-scooter whenever they need it. The eScooter has a range of nearly 100 km and maximum speed of 45 kph. Virtually everyone who holds a car or motorcycle driving license can use this vehicle.
The eScooter comes with one helmet and 2 swappable batteries, which are located in the storage compartment under the seat of a scooter. Opening of the helmet box is controlled by smartphone, which is connected to the scooter via Bluetooth. After reaching the desired destination, users simply need to drop the scooter off anywhere in the city center and Coup will take care of the rest, including recharging batteries.
Urs Rahne, in charge of launching and operating the Coup business in Berlin, said, “The congestion, parking problems, replacement services and billing by the minute of current sharing services are not customer-centric. With the Gogoro Smartscooter and our Coup smart eScooter sharing, we are confident we are offering a new attractive mobility solution for Berlin.”
Mat Schubert, general manager of Coup and responsible for this mobility service project at Bosch, added, “We have jointly developed Coup based on the MVP principle (minimum viable product). We are now quickly entering the market with a basic version to ‘test and learn’ together with our users in order to further refine our service.”
Bosch plans further expansion of its service into other most traffic-congested cities with parking space shortages.
Visit Coup platform to learn more about service.
by Natalie Myhalnytska
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