Smoove: new supplier for Paris cycle hire scheme with e-bike launch
Smoove is now the official supplier for the Velib' network in Paris, they are launching e-bikes as part of the scheme.
This year some 24,000 bikes and 1,400 stations will be rolled out in Paris. Around 30% of the bikes will be electric with a 'Smoove box' battery in the frame and a motor incorporated into the front wheel. 7,500 electric bicycles will help users to conquer Paris' steep hills, get around the French capital and 68 spots surrounding the city.
A revolutionary service: electric and connected bikes
For almost a decade, French firm Smoove has been offering innovative, smart and connected bike-sharing solutions to support the development of sustainable mobility and to contribute to making our cities greener.
Once fitted with a 'Smoove box', the bike becomes smart and connected There are various options for users to hire bikes:
• A preregistered RFID smartcard
• Smartphone app
• or with a secure code
The Smoove box serves as a comprehensive information system including operations management, customer monitoring, operational reporting and more.
Triple patented security system
The embedded technology spells the end of saturated docking stations, because it allows users to park bikes even if no spaces are available, thanks to the 'overflow' feature. Docking stations not only lock the electric bicycles securely in place but also recharge their batteries. For security, all bikes are fitted with a Neiman steering lock as well as a cable incorporated into the handlebars to block steering.
Optimal management of public spaces
Smoove also supplies the high-density docking stations, requiring very little civil engineering work to install. The city and the operator retain the full control over the deployment and layout of their network, and are free to adjust the system to ensure optimal management of public spaces and smooth traffic flows.
Robust equipment for public use in urban spaces
Bikes are ultra-secure, tough and designed for optimal user comfort with:
• 26-inch wheels with puncture-proof tires
• double-wall aluminium frame and rims with tamper-resistant wheel nuts.
• a comfortable adjustable saddle
• customised front basket
By the end of 2018, Smoove will supply more than 30,000 smart bikes worldwide. It takes 30 minutes to convert a manual bike into an e-bike: the addition of a Smoove box battery in the frame and motor into the front wheel. The French company is set to become the world leader in shared e-bike systems integrated into urban mobility networks, contributing to reduced CO2 emissions.
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For more information about this press release, please contact:
Press Officer, Business France UK
Catherine Ryall, Business France UK