ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab’s BeRider eScooter-sharing service proves to be a success in winter too

ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab’s BeRider eScooter-sharing service proves to be a success in winter too

› BeRider enters the winter season in Prague remaining a safe, flexible and sustainable mobility solution

› The popular BeRider fleet has covered more than 500,000 km since September 2019

› The app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times during the current season

› Hygiene measures are in place to protect BeRider users from COVID-19 in the most efficient way

 

Mladá Boleslav, 16 December 2020 – Since ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab’s eScooter-sharing service started its pilot phase in September 2019, the distinctive green BeRider fleet has covered over half a million kilometres. Due to high demand, ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab will keep the scooters on the road in Prague this winter.

Since the BeRider eScooter-sharing service started its pilot phase last autumn, the scooters have covered over 500,000 km. That equates to approximately 12 round-the-world trips in the Czech capital in less than 18 months.

Jarmila Plachá, Head of ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab, emphasised: “The BeRider eScooter-sharing service is a perfect fit for today’s times and ideally complements our current ecosystem of mobility offers. Using an eScooter around town is practical, fun, environmentally friendly and – especially in COVID times – both safe and responsible. What’s more, BeRider ties in with Prague’s network of public transport, making it ‘simply clever’ for the last mile in the city, not just for the owners of a ŠKODA.”

In its second season, BeRider was still very much in demand and enjoyed an extremely positive response. With 1,646 trips booked within a single day, BeRider achieved a new record in 2020. The scooters proved to be a popular choice in the Czech capital, even in adverse weather and cooler temperatures. So ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab decided to keep the green fleet on the road this winter too. On top of their regular equipment, the scooters have also been fitted with winter tyres to ensure maximum safety at all times, even in the colder months.

A comprehensive set of hygiene measures are in place to help prevent users from catching the virus. Since the well-liked service entered its second season in March 2020, BeRider made face masks available for its customers, and the helmets – as well as top cases and handlebar grips – are regularly disinfected.

The BeRider app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times and, following a redesign, is now even faster, more user-friendly and more reliable.

The ‘minute packages’ were particularly well received in 2020. Customers can opt for a 100-, 200-, 300- or 1,000-minute package. Depending on the option chosen, the fee is then between CZK 4.20 and 2.90 CZK per minute. The Christmas vouchers – available in the BeRider e-shop – have also become a sought-after gift. BeRider’s special Christmas bundles – valid to the end of the year – are just one of the gift options available.

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