The new e-scooter era | April 01, 2022
Gas prices increase e-scooter sales, USPS doubles its order of electric mail delivery trucks, and take a look at the world’s most compact folding bike.
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There is a geofencing system being developed for buses in Sweden. / New York Times
You can now find and pay for Spin scooters on Lyft’s app if you're from Nashville. By the end of the year, Spin's electric scooters are expected to be available on the Lyft app in 60 U.S. markets. / TechCrunch
NYC Department of Transportation’s shared e-scooter pilot will expand its service area / via NYC DOT
As gas prices rise, more people are purchasing e-scooters / Wall Street Journal
Product Launches & Updates
As part of its limited pilot program to increase accessibility for people with disabilities, Bird is testing a battery-powered wheelchair attachment. / TechCrunch
Look at the world’s most compact folding bike! / Kwiggle
This Barq prototype electric moped was designed for last-mile deliveries in the Middle East and North Africa. It has a 93-mile range and swappable batteries, which reduces the time lost to charging. / AutoEvolution
With 36-inch wheels, DirtySixer is unveiling the world's largest electric bike. / Electrek
Bolt is launching its 5th generation e-scooter! / Tech.eu
Ridehailing, Carsharing, & Delivery
Keeping its ridesharing services up and running in London for 30 months was Uber's latest victory / The Verge
In Texas, Toyota and Aurora, a provider of automated driving systems, tested an autonomous ridesharing fleet. / Reuters
Motorcycle-hauling company SafeBoda's drivers quit en masse after the company stopped paying bonuses. / Rest of the world
Public transit riders can now take advantage of on-demand ride-hailing apps from The Routing Company. / CNBC
Thousands of taxis from the country's largest taxi network will be available to Uber users, and Curb's drivers will have the opportunity to earn more money. / Businesswire
Investment & Deals
LG Energy Solution will invest $1.4 billion in constructing a cylindrical battery plant in Queen Creek, Arizona. / TechCrunch
Global lithium-ion battery manufacturer Stellantis and LG Energy Solution are investing more than $5 billion CAD in a joint venture in Canada for a large-scale production plant / Stellantis
Beep secures $25 million in a Series A-1 funding round led by ABS Capital. / PR Newswire
Ola Electric plans to invest in Israeli fast-charging startup StoreDot in a bid to bring its 5-minute charging batteries to its fast electric scooters / Electrek
E-bike maker Ride1Up raises $6.5 million in a funding round led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund./ Axios
Goldman Sachs and Ares Global Management have provided Kyte with $200 million in asset-backed credit financing. The startup will use the money to buy new vehicles and expand its operations / TechCrunch
Skyports has raised $23 million in a Series B funding round. / Skyport
In the next five years, Einride and Maersk plan to electrify over a million shipments / Electrek
Cities & Policy
A former Tesla employee describes a racist culture at the company. / Los Angeles Times
FedEx plans to test electric carts on its Express routes throughout 2022 in ten American and Canadian cities. / CNBC
USPS doubles its order of electric mail delivery trucks. The agency will now order 10,019 electric vehicles as part of its first acquisition. / The Verge
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