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Ebikes for Everyone in 2022!
Is this the year micromobility fully expands into the mainstream? If the Kardashians have anything to say about it, yes.
Issue [#121] - Every week, we deliver analysis and curation of emerging mobility news.
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Not to be outdone by Britney herself, Kourtney Kardashian made sure to remind us all that she also has the exclusive SUPER73 ebike - plus hers is the Yves Saint Laurent limited edition version! | AutoEvolution
What will 2022 bring for micromobility? We hope ‘ebikes for everyone’ comes true! | TechCrunch
Irish micromobility company Zipp eschews the big cities in favor of smaller cities where they can have a bigger impact. | Silicon Republic
Is micromobility replacing walking and public transit trips? It sounds like we’ve heard this claim before… | Anthropocene
These Dutch bicycle buses are a pretty smart way to transport children! | 21st Century City
2021 was a huge year for ebikes, with estimates placing the number of ebikes sold in the US last year as high as 1 million. | Financial Times
Ridehailing & Last Mile Delivery
Oh, so this is why everyone’s packages are delayed… | via Paul Supawanich
Should we really be trying to pursue “instant” delivery so intently? The argument against it. | The Information
Octopus Interactive, an ad-tech company that places video screens in rideshare vehicles to entertain and advertise to passengers, was acquired by T-Mobile. | MarTech
In 2022, it’s all about rideshare 2.0, which focuses on more reliable rideshare transportation in the form of employees and company-owned cars. | Axios
EARTH, a rideshare company powered exclusively by electric vehicles, announced a 25% expansion of their pool of drivers in 2021 with plans to expand into Tennessee and more parts of Texas. | Bakersfield
Investments and Deals
Bolt raises $711 million, bringing its value up to $8.4 billion from $4.8 billion just five months ago. | CNBC
Parallel Systems, a company founded by three former SpaceX engineers, brings its autonomous, electric rail vehicle startup out of stealth. | TechCrunch
Looks like Ford’s investment in electric vehicle maker Rivian paid off - to the tune of $8.2 billion in Q4. | Reuters
Behind the scenes, GoPuff is telling prospective investors it's more Amazon than Uber, to combat skepticism that instant delivery can profitably scale. | Axios
Cities & Policy
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg recently hosted an AMA on Twitter - some good answers regarding electrified port transit and the administration’s commitment to complete streets. | Twitter
Lyft invests $14.4 million to bring the gig worker classification fight to Massachusetts. | Boston Globe
Lime’s next-generation ebikes make their debut in Washington, D.C. | The Verge
France takes an innovative approach to encourage people to walk, take public transportation, rideshare or bike. | NPR
South Africa replaces noisy motorbikes with electric bikes from Sweden - global synergy to stop poaching! | Fast Company
We’re really taking this “teach animals to do cool stuff” too far, aren’t we? | Washington Post
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