Dott aims to double lifespan of e-scooters

Micromobility firm Dott has announced a project to double the lifespan of its vehicles, cutting carbon emissions by nearly 50%.

The project, which will initially take place in Lyon, Dott’s e-scooters will undergo a complete refurbishment, extending their current three years of service by a further four years. It will also avoid manufacturing and transporting new vehicles, reducing Dott’s overall environmental impact. 

The firm’s team of mechanics developed a plan to fully refurbish more than 2,000 e-scooters initially with the approach then replicated and expanded across all markets. An additional refurbishment facility was also established in Poland.

E-scooters are dismantled by a team of 29 specialists and then sorted into parts for recycling, repairing or reuse before being renovated and painted. A new, more accurate GPS system is also fitted, as well as a phone holder, to bring the fleet up to the same high standards of current new vehicles.  

The e-scooters were launched in Lyon in 2020 and have travelled an average of more than 5,000km each in the city – equivalent to double the length of the UK, France and Spain combined. By keeping maintenance in-house, the business has already been able to extend vehicle lifespan and keep e-scooters in use for longer, it said.

The scheme is a result of its recent tender win in Lyon, which was announced last month. As part of the competitive tender process, it committed to the refurbishment of its existing fleet in order to meet the sustainability requirements of the City of Lyon.

Maxim Romain, Co-Founder and COO, Dott, said:  “We have always prioritised the maintenance and care of our vehicles, which prolongs their lifespan and helps us to lower our environmental impact. This new project in Lyon takes our approach to the next level, as we refurbish an entire fleet for the first time. Over 2,000 vehicles will be transformed from some of our longest serving to be as good as new, without the emissions from manufacturing and transporting new vehicles.”

Image courtesy of Dott

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