Mobility start-up Poppy – a subsidiary of Belgian automotive group D’Ieteren – will soon launch a shared electric scooter service in Brussels, the company announced in a press release on 1 September.
The company plans to make some 1,500 electric scooters available in the capital. Until now, Poppy only offered a shared electric scooter service in Antwerp.
Poppy already operates a shared vehicle service, with a fleet of over 750 cars. The company’s vehicles can be rented via an app in Antwerp, Mechelen, Brussels and most of Belgium’s major airports.
Poppy scooters will directly compete with similar services operated by Lime (Uber), Tier, Bird, Bolt, and others on the streets of Brussels.
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According to data published by the Federal Police, there has been an explosion in road traffic accidents, particularly involving electric scooters. In the first six months of the year, around one in five accidents in Brussels involved an electric scooter.
Last year, there were more than 1,000 e-scooter accidents across Belgium.