Hire e-scooters in Tauranga by Christmas?
Hireable electric scooters could be on the streets of Tauranga by the end of the year if a couple of young New Plymouth entrepreneurs have their way.
Tima Al-saedy and her partner Ahmed Al-Jumaily run Blip Scooters in their home town of New Plymouth. And they have run up 10,000 kilometres in the three months they have been operating.
Stuff reports Tima and Ahmed are now looking at further business opportunities and are targeting Tauranga and Palmerston North.
The couple explored San Diego on e-scooters and decided their home of New Plymouth needed some.
The three-month trial, which was due to finish this week, has been extended by the New Plymouth District Council until mid-July so it can finish evaluating feedback surveys sent out in May about the e-scooters.
"We want people to get out of their cars and exploring the city.”
Tima says all is going well so far, with more than 4000 customers signed up and 10,352km travelled on the e-scooters.
During the three-month trial eight scooters were thrown into the sea, four were snapped in half and others have been pulled from use because of wear and tear.
But there have been issues. Four e-scooters were thrown off the Coastal Walkway into the sea at one time and eight in total have ended up in the Tasman during the trial.
The couple, according to Stuff, had "minimal" bad feedback about the e-scooters and was only aware of one crash, which had been caused by human error.
Now the couple have their eye on Tauranga to expand their burgeoning ep-scooter business.