The shared economy trend is here to stay and Felyx jumps on board in Amsterdam, bringing shared electric scooters to the city. This startup raised €400.000 from informal investors and launched a still ongoing crowdfunding campaign (450.000) in order to launch in Amsterdam.
Felyx wants to start on July 1, with at least 100 electric scooters that can be rented per ride. The company aspires to improve the city’s mobility by offering mobile transport that are an alternative to cars. The scooters are eco-friendly, they leave no traces of emission. Amsterdam struggles with busy traffic, foreign visitors and daily crowds which can be hard to handle.
Felyx will be available in Amsterdam Center, East, parts of West and Rivierenbuurt. After Amsterdam a roll-out to other cities is expected. You can pick up and park the e-scooter everywhere in the city and pay a fixed price of € 0,30 per minute.
All needed is a mobile phone with a Felyx app to locate, book and unlock an e-scooter. Repairs and maintenance will be executed by Helmstadt, an Amsterdam-based company specialised in fleet management. Batteries will be recharged on the go.
Crowdfunding: adopt your own scooter
Felyx kicks of with 100 scooters in their fleet, but started a crowdfunding campaign for expansion. Adopting an e-scooter will be rewarded with a 6% interest in return. Besides the scooters leaving no carbon footprint, they are build in Europe consisting mainly of parts from European suppliers.
Quinten Selhorst: “We’ve noticed Amsterdam traffic is changing and we’re always in a rush to get from A to B. E-scooters perfectly fit in this picture: it’s a speedy, easy and flexible way to arrive at your destination and it’s easier to take longer distances or combine multiple places. There is a big audience for a flexible and easy way of transportation. Public transport can be very limitary. We’ve looked at cities like Barcelona and Paris and soon we realised this would be a great solution for Amsterdam as well. If our roll-out in Amsterdam works out, it’s also easy to expand to other cities in the Netherlands”.