Pre-launch Guide to Starting Your Scooter Share

15th Nov 2018

A lot of new operators can find it overwhelming and difficult to locate the information necessary when starting a scooter share.

In this blog, I will answer all of the main questions related to starting a scooter share and provide recommendations with respect to types of hardware to look into and launch considerations.

Who uses scooter share?

Takeaway: Urban environments with a high density of middle-class individuals are good locations to launch a fleet.

Where should I launch a scooter share?

Your system should have:

  1. A coverage area of at least 10km2

  2. 10–16 parking areas per km2

  3. Parking areas should be no more than 250m between each other

  4. 10–30 scooters per 1,000 residents within coverage area

Consider the local infrastructure when launching a fleet. Environments with predominately cobblestone roads will not lend themselves to a comfortable ride given the low clearance and small wheels of the electric scooter.

Takeaway: aim for a city centre with high levels of traffic congestion. Areas around public transit stops are also good locations.

Which scooters should I use?

Takeaway: Try before you buy.

When should I launch?

Many of the large scooter share companies are making landgrabs to dominate the market. Nonetheless, given the popularity of scooters, there is still a lot of room for the independent operator to launch their own system.

Some operators consider seasonality when determining their launch date; however, it is important for you to launch quickly so customers can learn about your brand.

Takeaway: Speed to market is crucial, so don’t wait.

Why should I launch a scheme?

Anecdotal evidence and number crunching suggest that scooter-share fleets become profitable at a jaw-dropping pace. The commonly disseminated number within the industry is that the breakeven point occurs after approximately 12 weeks.

Start-up costs to consider:

  1. Cost of Scooters

  2. Cost of Internet of Things (IoT) device

  3. Cost of Software Development

  4. Cost of Software hosting, maintenance, and upgrades

  5. Cost of Operational Staff

  6. Charging Costs

  7. Storage Costs

Takeaway: As a rough estimate, assume you will need 125,000 USD per 100 scooters in your fleet.

How do I launch a scheme?

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