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Uber comes with its rental company to Zurich

The city of Zurich is a bike rental company richer. According to the yellow O-Bikes are already gone, and the green Lime-Bikes, which are still scattered in the city, might soon come in red E-Bikes Jump. Jump had to be awarded in 2017, its first bicycles in Washington. After the Start in San Francisco, the Sharing giant Uber bought the company in April 2018 for US $ 200 million, as American media reported. Since then, Uber has pursued a strategy of expansion to Europe. In Berlin and Lisbon, the bicycles can be borrowed already. In Paris, the company according to "Le Monde wants to start" soon. And now, the company has registered this week, the Jump Bicycles Switzerland GmbH in the commercial register.

The company is located at the Uber office in Zurich. Has completed the establishment of a Zurich-based asset Manager. The company still employs fewer than ten employees. To Foundation Jump is deposited in Zurich, 850'000 Swiss francs. Uber says on request, you can currently still communicate no plans to Start in Zurich. But it was one of the goals, also in Zurich, in addition to the car ride service bicycles and public TRANSPORT Connections in the App.

Velo with padlock

The red E-Bikes of Jump function according to the Free-Floating System. The bikes can be rented in the town and again parked. Be looking for you on the Uber App. Anyone who has an Account, you can borrow even without a Smartphone. In Lisbon, a Minute costs 15 Euro cents, in Berlin, it is 1 Euro per 20 minutes. Jump-Bikes can be locked with a padlock to the post. This device leads the users to the correct Park the bike tends to be, as the US experience has shown. Jump takes care of that, the battery of the E-Bikes are always charged. The company also works together with Private, the offer on your property charging stations.

In Zurich, would compete with Jump with Lime, a Californian lender, in the Uber already has invested – but only on a small scale, such as the co-founder Caen Contee last October, the "balance sheet" said. It was also speculated that Uber could work together in Zurich with Lime-Bike to bikes. Contee said: "it could happen – or not." Now, since Uber with your own Rental comes to Zurich and is not to be assumed. Lime commented on the activity of the Jump in Zurich yesterday.

Smide want to

another competitor, to expand the Zurich-based company Smide, which gives since October of 2016, E-Bikes would be. After the recent decision by the city of Zurich to demand for a Free-Floating two-wheeled vehicles for a fee, considers the Zurich-based company, operating in Zurich. The city Council will by 1. April require a monthly fee of 10 Swiss francs per bike, as well as an annual inspection fee of 1500 Swiss francs if a provider offers more than 30 bicycles. The city Council in response to the proliferation of E-Bikes and E-scooters that are offered in Zurich in the Free-Floating System. Against the city Council decision may be filed since yesterday until mid-April, still a rejection. Resistance against the regime, there are also from the local Council (see box).

Smide hopes to find with the city Council is in talks with a different solution, like Tom Lehmann, the head of the Swiss market, says. Lime, however, says, "We welcome the introduction of clear rules for the use of public space in Zurich, and the associated legal certainty." International corporations such as Lime or Jump can bear such costs even better. The Zurich-based company Smide is still far. But the company also aims for international Expansion. "We are with different larger cities in Europe and North America in contact, where we will take this year and walk", it means at Smide. More accurate one does not want to give at the present time, however, are known.

so It is possible that Smide could be also in other cities than in Zurich to the competitors of the Jump-Bikes from Uber.

(Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 13.03.2019, 22:07 PM

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