Recently a few companies have appeared offering “Moto/Scooter Sharing”” in Barcelona
The three I’ve experience and want to talk about are
eCooltra – www.ecooltra.com
Yugo – www.getyugo.com
Motit – www.motitworld.com
I found the concept very appealing, especially the ability to pick up and drop off the scooter where I wanted (within the approved area of course) you’re not required to return it to the same location nor at a set time – for me this has been a problem with some car sharing companies, you need to book in advance, for an agreed period of time as well as then picking it up and returning it to the same location.
All the scooters included 2 helmets, all of them also provided some disposable hair nets. All the companies offer you some arrival time between (10-15 minutes) so there’s no need to worry about arriving and finding someone else has taken the scooter.
The signup process is easy, you’ll need to upload a copy of your driving license a after a few minutes everything is approved. There are detailed instructions in phone app and also on the scooter itself. Riding the scooter is a pleasant experience, it’s smooth to pull away and like all electric vehicles it has an instant throttle response. It is of course slower than the 125cc I normally use it’s more like riding a 50cc that said perfectly usable for where is designed – the city. I did find the stand would scrape a little if you went around a corner so I found myself having to ride in slightly different way. Once you’ve finished riding, you just put the helmets back in the case, power off the scooter and finish the booking on the phone. . One feature I liked was the range indicator, when you’re booking the scooter it will show you the estimated range of the scooter, useful if you want to use them for an extending period of time or for a longer trip.
The signup process is easy, it’s a little slower than the others but I assume this is because there are more manual checks, also my driving license and passport was needed, still it was all done in about 15 minutes. Yugo don’t have an application for Android or IOS (though they seem to be hiring some developers) it relies on your phone’s browser, that said web page works really well, it was very easy to book the scooter, once the scooter is powered on it was easy to open the rear case for the helmets. The scooter was really nice and comfortable to ride, responsive throttle and very easy to maneuver. My only negative comment was related to the front and rear brake, the back brake is much stronger than the front, the opposite to most other scooters, it required an adjustment to my riding style. The whole process from start to finish was good. Also one of the best bits, if there aren’t any scooters available and you need one, whatsapp them and they’ll try to bring you! That’s amazing!
I had a few problems with the sign up process for Motit, the application didn’t like the photos I’d taken of my documents, that said it was no big deal. Motit has an application for Android and IOS. The application is easy to use, one feature is especially liked was the ability to filter the results based on the remaining autonomy of the scooter. Unfortunately the process of getting the scooter up and running hasn’t been so easy the few times I’ve tried. First you must connect you phone to a wifi network that’s emitted by the scooter, once you’re connected to this you can then activate the scooter and unlock the rear box, unfortunately this didn’t seem to work very well, I keep getting an error message the scooter was turned off when it wasn’t and so the rear box wouldn’t open, after trying for a few minutes I managed to get the box open, however these few wasted minutes were minutes I was paying for. This happened on a few occasions and was little frustrating. It’s not all bad though, the scooter looks very different to the other models it seemed to turn a few heads, its was by far the fastest of them all. The built in GPS is a nice feature as well as the ability to take a “Tour” it will then direct you around the city, I will try the feature soon.
My thoughts –
- No joining fee.
- Application is really easy to use.
- Lot’s of scooters available
- Pick/Drop Off Area doesn’t include large patches of Gracia, Raval, Born and Gothic
- Service not 24 Hours – 06:00-01:00
- Most expensive per Minute
- Service is 24 hours.
- Large Pick up/Drop Off Area
- They’ll try and bring you a scooter if one isn’t available nearby!
- Joining fee
- No Application (yet)
- Fewer scooters than the competitors.
- No joining fee.
- Large Pick up/Drop Off Area
- Ability to buy bundles of minutes at reduced price.
- Fewer scooters that eCooltra
- Application/Connectivity more complicated
- Rear case opening problems/delays.