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Adding to the weight of evidence suggesting tomorrow’s vehicles will be electric, scooter-sharing company Bird has unveiled plans to offer an electric moped.

US scooter-sharing company Bird has expanded its offering from electric scooters to electric mopeds.

According to tech blog Verge, the “Cruiser” will be the first seated option for Bird customers, with a 52 volt battery capable of carrying a 50 mile charge.

The scooter has been manufactured by an unnamed third party, and while it will be offered on its rental plan customers can buy the mopeds outright for $US1299 ($A1855).

The news is significant for the broader industry in two ways:

  • It will lure customers who may have been put off by using Bird’s scooter option into the transport rental market for the first time
  • Offering customers the chance to outright buy their mopeds could accelerate the number of electric vehicles on the roads of US cities

While Bird’s move on its own will simply be a ripple, it signals a wider shift to electric personal vehicles.

ASX-listed VMoto (ASX:VMT) is focused on the manufacturing of electric scooters, primarily for the European market.

It recently reported that it had booked record international sales, a sure-fire sign that the market for electric personal vehicles is picking up.

 

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