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Electric scooters set to zip into city

Press Release – Christchurch City Council

Electric scooters may soon hit Christchurch streets.

Lime Technology has applied to the Christchurch City Council for a permit to run a user pays, app-based e-scooter share service from mid-September, initially for a three-month pilot period.

If the pilot is successful, the company hopes to double the number of scooters from the initial 700.

An electric scooter service is being proposed for the city.
An electric scooter service is being proposed for the city.

The service is available in several cities overseas, allowing people to pick up a scooter and leave it at their destination. The collection and charging of the scooters takes place overnight so that they are ready for use again the following morning.

Council General Manager, Strategy and Transformation, Brendan Anstiss says that the demand for ride share services is proving popular overseas, and it is exciting to see this proposed start-up service in Christchurch.

“Ride share schemes tend to integrate well with public transport, offering a fast and convenient way for people to make the first or last part of their journey,” Mr Anstiss says.

“They also offer residents and visitors a fun and active way to get around the city.

“A Council permit will require Lime Technology to ensure that scooters meet safety requirements. The permit will specify the number of scooters allowed on city streets and identify key performance indicators. The three-month pilot will also provide a good opportunity for us to gauge any issues that arise from the service.”

Lime Technology’s e-scooters have a 300-watt motor, a 48-kilometre range and a top speed of 27kmh. They are fitted with front and rear lights, brakes and a bell.

If the permit is approved at next week’s Council meeting, Council staff will then make a recommendation about whether the service should be extended at the end of the pilot period.

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