Sustainable micromobility platform HumanForest is set to introduce the UK’s first fleet of shared electric mopeds in London next month.
It follows the launch of HumanForest’s e-bikes in the capital earlier this year, which according to the operator saw users cycle almost 100,000 miles cumulatively in the first month.
The e-mopeds will be available initially during a trial period, which will see 100 vehicles on London’s roads. The start-up plans on increasing the number of vehicles in the fleet to 200 during 2022.
Using the same ad-led revenue model as HumanForest’s e-bikes, riders will get five minutes free per day, with rides costing 20p per minute thereafter, meaning a 20-minute journey would cost just £3. HumanForest users will be able to unlock the e-mopeds through the same app they use for its e-bikes.
HumanForest added it is putting safety first by ensuring the entire fleet will be equipped with two helmets per e-moped. They can be docked in existing dedicated moped parking spaces across London.
Users will also be required to have a provisional license to drive the e-mopeds, which can travel up to 28mph, and must be aged over 18 years old.
Additionally, the e-mopeds are equipped with storage compartments able to hold up to 5.6kg to facilitate transportation of small consumer items and business goods.
Commenting ahead of the launch, Agustin Guilisasti, founder and CEO of HumanForest, said: “The arrival of our electric mopeds is an exciting moment for London and the UK. Our e-mopeds will be good for people and businesses looking to move around London in an affordable and sustainable way, helping to reduce air pollution in the city.
“Our mission to reForest London is well and truly underway; following the successful launch of our e-bikes, these new vehicles will help people travel faster without releasing any emissions. The introduction of electric mopeds into the UK’s market will pave the way for embedding better and healthier ways of moving around our cities into our national transport ecosystem.”