HomeFrance-StartupsBlaBlaCar and startup Voi Technology join forces to offer e-scooters in France

BlaBlaCar and startup Voi Technology join forces to offer e-scooters in France

Today Swedish e-scooter company Voi Technology has announced a new collaboration with mobility giant BlaBlaCar. Thanks to this strategic partnership, BlaBla Ride scooters will help French cities and their citizens have access to safe and sustainable mobility at a time when it is more crucial than ever. Both companies remain separate legal entities.

Voi Technology, founded in 2018, is a Swedish e-scooter company that has so far built up a community of +4 million scooter uses across Europe, and a team of 500+ people. This fast-growth startup has in just 2 years risen to be a strong competitor in its field.

And their new partnership has come at an opportune time. As cities emerge from lockdown across France, the need for access to safe and sustainable transport is critical. Together BlaBlaCar and Voi Technology aim to help the situation with their offer of BlaBla Ride Scooters.

In the coming months, BlaBlaCar and Voi Technology will build a seamless integrated experience. BlaBlaCar’s 18 million members in France will be able to connect through their BlaBlaCar account on the BlaBla Ride app. Members will also be able to select a scooter to ride on the last mile of a longer carpool or bus trip, powering a convenient and environmentally efficient door-to-door journey. Together, through their complementary expertise and user bases, BlaBlaCar and Voi can help make scooters available and reliable across large French cities and provide a responsible service respectful of local regulations.

The first step of the partnership will consist in co-branding Voi’s app and scooters as BlaBla Ride, starting on June 5th. Current Voi users in France won’t face any significant changes other than Voi app and scooters progressively including the new BlaBla Ride brand identity.

“I am very pleased with this partnership. We are both leaders in our field and share the passion of reducing car emissions and fostering shared mobility. By working together, we will create the best of both worlds and at the same time both companies can focus on their respective strengths – so it’s a win-win all around”, says Fredrik Hjelm, co-founder and CEO of Voi Technology.

“Voi and BlaBlaCar have a common enemy: inefficient car usage and CO2 emissions. By joining forces, we can go one step further in making mobility smarter and more efficient in cities. This cooperation has been a long time in the making, but now it seems more than ever relevant to our members in the wake of Covid-19, and as regulation creates a clearer playing field for micro-mobility”, said Nicolas Brusson, co-founder and CEO of BlaBlaCar.

Charlotte Tucker
Charlotte Tucker
Charlotte is the previous Editor at EU-Startups.com. She spends her time scouting the next big story, managing our contributor team, and getting excited about social impact ventures. She has previously worked as a Communications Consultant for number of European Commission funded startup projects.

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