Wattmobile offers electric scooter rentals from 4 train stations in Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Lille. The network will grow to 20 train stations by the end of the year.
Wattmobile started in 2010 at the Marseille train station, and is now expending to the rest of France. Besides the Peugeot e-Vivacity electric scooters, Wattmobile is also offering the tiny electric city car from Renault, the Twizy.
The e-Vivacity is a 50cc-equivalent scooter with a 60 km range (37 miles) and has a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph) thanks to a 3 Kw motor. In France, you don’t need a driver’s license for these vehicles if you were born before 1988. If you are younger, you will need a BSR (Brevet de Sécurité Routière) license. The 2 kWh lithium batteries can be recharged in 3 hours.
The monthly subscription needed to be able to rent the eVicacity costs €18 ($24), and the rentals are for a minimum of 2 hours and up to a maximum of 48 hours. The hourly rental fee is €7.20 ($9.60). Vehicles can be reserved in advance, or can be rented instantly at the Wattmobile station. The scooters come with one helmet, and since the e-Vivacity is a 2-seater, a second helmet is available at the station.
Right now Wattmobile is targeting professional people arriving in a city for business meetings, and its plan is to expend to other European train stations. But the Network would also like to move out of train stations to be able to offer real local networks so that the vehicles can be picked-up and dropped-off at different locations.