E-scooters come to Cape Town. Image via Pixabay

Going green: Electric scooter service launches in Cape Town

We’ll soon be able to rent an electric scooter and zip around Cape Town.


E-scooters come to Cape Town. Image via Pixabay

South African electric scooter and vehicle tech company, Electric Life Rides, is set to officially launch its service in Cape Town in early September 2020. 

The initial fleet of dock-free electric kick scooters will be based at Electric Life Rides’ mobility hub and partner, The President Hotel in Bantry Bay.

How does the electric scooter system work?

Users can book a scooter through a mobile app powered by vehicle-sharing platform creators, Wunder Mobility. A barcode on the kick scooter simply needs to be downloaded and activated, and users then buy ride credits directly through the app, using a bank card.

The innovative rental system gives users the chance to rent-and-ride with on-demand options to change between hardware, and the ability to ride per minute, hour, day, or month cost-effectively.

A subscription-based model will be offered by Electric Life Rides for the first 60 days.

“For R1,980 per month will get you a package which includes the commercial electric scooter and charger, unlimited mileage and credits for the month, built-in tracking for safety and the ability to move freely through traffic congestion,” the company said.

The scooter is completely controlled by the user and is locked and unlocked using the app and the user’s unique sign-in details.

Safety-wise, the vehicles also have built-in tracking systems to allow for easy location of the vehicle, as well as convenience, peace of mind, and security for the user.

Shared revenue split model for businesses

Businesses will be able to make use of the scooters for commercial purposes such as package or food delivery, security in office parks and estates, document collection or delivery, or moving around large-scale warehouses.

The vehicle tracking technology also features Application Programming Interface (API) functionality, providing interface ability with other applications, for example, food and medicine delivery. This also allows control of usage parameters including route control, speed, and more.

Electric Life Rides will also offer a shared revenue split model to businesses that would like to operate or manage a fleet of scooters for the public to use from their location.  

Reshaping the way we move

At a recent demonstration of the business model, Electric Life Group CEO, Stefan Van der Sandt, said their vision was “to build and launch a tech company and app that will effectively disrupt, challenge and reshape the way we move and commute by providing innovative options and electronic micro-mobility vehicles to Africa.”

“We are very excited to pioneer electric and micro-mobility and be the custodians for the African market first and foremost. This is going to create a meaningful shift in urban mobility, and we’re humbled and proud to play a part in the ever-growing mobility revolution in Africa and the rest of the world.”

Electric Life Rides plans to expand both locally and globally, adding fleet locations and partners and increasing the current product offering to five options including four-wheeled vehicles. They also have expansion plans to Europe, the UAE, and the USA already in their sights.

“We want to assist in creating a better tomorrow, where people move in a better way, a greener, cleaner Electric Life Rides way, whilst reducing carbon emissions as well as creating local employment.”