It is red, big, fast, and has what to make fear to its competitors. To him, this is the electric bike Jump. It takes its name from the brand of bicycle shared that just buy Uber and is about to land in Europe.
Thursday, October 18, the american giant of the reservation of VTC (cars transport with a driver) has announced that it will launch in the beginning of 2019 a fleet of electric bikes in Paris, without providing more precision on the date and the number of devices deployed.
Paris will not be the first head of bridge Jump in Europe. Uber is going to launch this new offer in Berlin ” in a few weeks “, again without precise indication. “The goal is to launch in other cities” after the French capital, said Steve Salom, the director general of Uber for France, Switzerland and Austria, citing Lyon.
The craft was presented in Paris at the salon of urban mobility and Autonomy. In spite of its massiveness and its air of robust, it is very flexible to drive, thanks to the electrical assistance, which gives him a range of fifty kilometers and allows it to travel at 25 km/hour. Jump will be the first bike to battery available in free float Paris, that is to say, free-parking, without a terminal attached. A padlock in the shape of a U will hang on the furniture.
For the book, unlock and re-lock, it will be enough to go through the application Uber booking of VTC. The price of the trip has not been given, but a spokesperson for the brand stresses that rates should align with those of the competition (rent a Vélib’ bike electrical an occasional cost € 5 flat rate for the day + 1 euro for the half hour). In the United States, Jump is available at 2 dollars (1,7 euro) for the first thirty minutes, and then 7 cents in the dollar of the additional minute.
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