Swiftmile, which just landed a contract with the city of Austin, supplies cities and private operators with docks equipped to park and charge both scooters and e-bikes.
Operators can provide a better (charged) product to their customers, the likelihood of finding a charged scooter increases and cities can better control sidewalk clutter and issues pertaining to improper parking.
When Swiftmile deploys in Austin, the plan is to start with ten stations, which comes out to about 80 parking slips.
Austin has become a major micromobility hub with seven providers operating a total of 17,600 vehicles in the city.
“What we do with cities is we get permission from them, we get an encroachment permit and then it’s up to us to monetize off the scooter providers,” Swiftmile co-founder and CEO Colin Roche told TechCrunch.
On the operator side, Swiftmile has partnered with Spin to create branded charging hubs exclusively for Spin scooters.