Micro-mobility company Helbiz has announced it has been awarded a three-year license to operate in Rome and will deploy 2,500 e-bicycles throughout the city by the end of the year.
“As major cities around the world move towards more sustainable transportation options, Helbiz is honored to introduce our e-bicycles and support these green initiatives in the capital of my home country,” said Salvatore Palella, founder and CEO of Helbiz. “Our electric bicycles ease traffic and reduce vehicle emissions while offering commuters a convenient and affordable transportation option when navigating and exploring the beautiful and historic city of Rome.”
In addition to the launch of its new e-bicycles, Helbiz has opened a Rome-based office and warehouse to run its operations on-the-ground, employing a full-time team to ensure its fleet are charged, repaired and well-maintained. The company has also partnered with Telepass, Europe’s main electronic toll collection system, to enable Telepass’ six million users to easily reserve and pay for Helbiz e-bikes on the Telepass app.
Helbiz said there will be no unlock fee and rides will be priced at just €0.07 per minute, making it one of the most cost-effective e-bike currently on the market.
“Rome continues to attract businesses and promote new investments within the territory. All projects that work towards facilitating cyclability and sharing mobility are an integral part of our program,” said Pietro Calabrese, the City Mobility Counsel of the City of Rome. “Our focus is to sustain all the initiatives in favour of sustainable mobility.”
Each e-bike is equipped with a 250W motor and an interchangeable battery of 14 AH, with a guaranteed range of up to 80 km on a single charge and a maximum speed of 30 km/hour. In addition to deploying electric bikes, Helbiz has said it is committed to being completely green and will only use electric vans to support its on-the-ground operations throughout Rome.