Stock­holm’s elec­tric bikes

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TRANS­PORT Stock­holm’s lon­grun­ning pub­lic bike-share scheme is get­ting a hi-tech up­date. The cur­rent 1,200 stan­dard bikes will be re­placed by 5,000 hy­brid elec­tric mod­els. It’s be­lieved to be the world’s first hy­brid bike-share scheme, and will al­low users to travel longer dis­tances than they might have done be­fore.

“When you reg­is­ter, you are given a small bat­tery which you can charge at home,” says Daniel Helldén, the city’s vice-mayor of traf­fic. “If you don’t want to use the bat­tery, you just use the bikes like a nor­mal bike, but if you want an elec­tric one, you con­nect the bat­tery, which is in­cluded in the nor­mal sea­son ticket price.”

Mean­while, in Rome, where a bike-shar­ing scheme failed partly be­cause of the city’s hilly to­pog­ra­phy, the city coun­cil has un­veiled a fleet of zero-emis­sion scoot­ers in a new rental scheme.

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