Singapore’s Neuron Mobility will deploy 600 of its e-scooters in Brisbane, after Brisbane City Council selected the startup from nine other global and local competitors.
Neuron will operate its commercial N3 scooters, which have 12-inch tyres and a 21-centimetre-wide floorboard to provide more stability and comfort. The e-scooter also features a GPS-enabled parking indicator on the handlebar display to guide riders to designated parking zones.
According to Neuron co-founder and CEO Zachary Wong, the company’s e-scooters were specifically designed to be user-friendly and to address urban needs. Examples include blocking a scooter from entering high-pedestrian areas (geo-fencing) or lowering the speed in certain areas as requested by council.
An on-the-ground operations team will handle daily maintenance, including swapping batteries on the e-scooters to ensure they have a consistent supply.
‘E-scooters will play a critical role in shaping the future of mobility in urban environments,’ says Johnny, Quattro, General Manager, Neuron Mobility. ‘We’re proud to be partnering with Brisbane City Council to bring its vision of a clean, green, sustainable city to life.
‘Australia is a leader in future transport, including micro-mobility services, making the country an ideal destination to develop and trial the next generation of transport solutions,’ he adds.
Brisbane is the second Australian city to deploy Neuron’s N3 scooters, after the City of Darwin selected Neuron e-scooters for a 12-month trial in April 2019.
Neuron will join California-based Lime Scooters, which has been operating in Brisbane since November 2018. Lime will operate 400 e-scooters in the city. A Lime survey of e-scooter users found 44% of riders used Lime to connect to public transit within the survey month.
The e-scooter rollout is part of Brisbane’s Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017–2031 initiative, which aims to improve the city’s sustainability and liveability.
Founded in 2016, Neuron Mobility is Southeast Asia’s leading shared electric scooter service. The company operates e-scooters in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.