With the rising population and increasing traffic, transportation becomes more difficult in cities that are becoming more and more complex. Electric scooters, which have become an important alternative in short distance transportation in recent years, come to the fore with accidents. Experts think that the new trend of mobility will be mini vehicles.
With the introduction of the concept of micromobility, electric scooters have become an important alternative for short distance transportation. Electric scooters, which are frequently used in metropolitan cities such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, have started to be seen in many places with the increase of shared scooter companies. Electric scooters, which some have criticized for affecting pedestrian accessibility and creating environmental pollution, have become a bigger concern with the increasing news of accidents. In a study conducted in the USA, it was seen that there was a 2017 percent increase in scooter-related accidents between 2021 and 450. On the other hand, in a study conducted by the global consultancy company McKinsey, it was predicted that mini vehicles that inspired the concept of minimobility could be actively used in the transportation of the future.
Sharing his evaluations on the subject, Ridee's Founding Partner and Product Director Baran Bedir said, “Even though electric scooters meet the transportation needs of individual users in short distances, big cities do not provide suitable areas for the use of these vehicles. On the other hand, the crowd of motor vehicles in cities turns into torture for both vehicle owners and pedestrians. Those living in metropolitan areas need an interim solution right now. The concept of minimobility gives hope at this point.” said.
10 out of 3 people are willing to drive a mini car
Minimobility solutions, which include three- and four-wheeled vehicles, usually one or two-person vehicles, have recently attracted attention as a new segment in the transportation sector. In a study conducted by McKinsey with 8 thousand people in 26 countries, it was seen that 10 out of 3 people were willing to use mini cars in the future. Ridee's founding partners Murat Yılmaz and Baran Bedir stated that the need for mobility will increase in the coming period.
Consulting firm McKinsey estimates that if interest in minimobility increases, this segment could reach a market share of $2030 billion by 100 in China, Europe and North America.
Near zamSaying that they will start to serve in this market at the same time, Murat Yılmaz said, “This type of vehicle is positioned as an intermediate segment between bicycles, scooters and cars we know. Mostly electric vehicles promise safer journeys at longer ranges than scooters. Mini-vehicles, which, due to their size, can find parking much more easily compared to passenger cars. zamIt is now offered at a more affordable price than standard electric cars. So much so that 35 percent of consumers think that minimobility vehicles can replace the cars they already own. The solution to the parking problem and driving safety concerns in cities will be minimobility.” said.
“We need solutions, not bans”
Reminding that the ban applications for electric scooters started some time ago in Atlanta, USA, Ride's Founder Murat Yılmaz concluded his evaluations with the following statements:
A report by Georgia Institute of Technology researchers last week found that with the introduction of restrictions on micromobility vehicles in Atlanta, point-to-point time in the city increased by 9 percent to 11 percent. Atlanta is the 9th largest metropolitan area in the USA by population. The population of Istanbul is 3 times the population of the region. Considering both the concerns about climate change and the current situation of cities, we should not think about banning micromobility, but how to adapt it to our existing transportation infrastructures. When we consider all variables such as safety, speed, ease of parking, and environmental footprint, all questions are raised to minimobility solutions, which global automakers are also turning to.”