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Voi, the European e-scooter rentals startup, ‘pauses’ operations in several countries

Following same moves by Lime, Bird, Tier and others, Voi Technology, the European e-scooter rentals and so-called micro-mobility startup, says it has ” paused” actions in several countries due to the Coronvirus pandemic. This considers the company suspend business in all but nine key cities.

In a short statement issued to media on Friday, Voi said it had regrettably been “forced” to pause operations in most of metropolis it operates in, with only a handful of its largest cities being serviced.

The municipalities where Voi is continuing to operate in are: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Oslo in the Nordics, and Berlin, Hamburg, Nuremberg and Munich in Germany.

More broadly, the Coronavirus outbreak is a major blow to e-scooter companies as metropolitans around the world are curtailing change and social distancing and solitude is, to running severities, being rehearsed. This is seeing many companies putting in place work-from-home policies and negating the be required for daily travels, where e-scooters are often favoured. The world economy is also taking a punched and therefore recreational spending and travel is on an intensifying downwards tend too.

More broadly, its work plan of e-scooter rental startups factor in seasonal necessitate and sources told me a few months ago that runway across the industry was based on deep enough pockets and operational smart-aleckies to get through Winter and be in a strong position to capitalise on peak Spring and Summer season demand. Coronavirus consequently entails “Winter” could now last for a very long time indeed.

The rest of the statement from Voi — which raised $ 85 million in Series B fund in November — follows below 😛 TAGEND

In the cities we keep open we will drastically reduce our fleet size but will continue to serve our communities and wherever possible we will save capacity at important hubs, like major ferry interchanges and hospitals.

We have been forced to make this hard decision as a result of the Covid-1 9 pandemic. People are working from residence and no longer visiting diners, inns, theaters and friends and hence has ceased to exploiting Voi e-scooters to get around.

We plan to kick start our operations again when the situation allows.

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