Micromobility operator HumanForest is set to launch the UK’s first shared e-moped fleet in London next month.
The move comes after HumanForest launched 800 e-bikes in the capital earlier this year, which saw users cycle almost 100,000 miles cumulatively in the first month.
The e-mopeds will be available initially during a trial period where 100 vehicles will be available for hire, but the firm has plans to increase that number to 200 later in the year.
The shared e-moped fleet will operate under the same ad-led revenue model as the HumanForest e-bikes, with rides under five minutes offered for free. Journeys will cost 20p per minute thereafter.
The fleet will be equipped with two helmets per e-moped and devices be docked in existing dedicated moped parking spaces across London.
Users will be required to have a provisional license to drive the e-mopeds, which can travel up to 28 miles per hour, and must be aged over 18 years old.
The e-mopeds are equipped with storage compartments able to hold up to 5.6kg to facilitate the transportation of small consumer items and business goods.
“The arrival of our electric mopeds is an exciting moment for London and the UK,” said HumanForest CEO Agustin Guilisasti.
“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.”