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Beam to launch e-scooters in Whangārei

Beam to launch e-scooters in Whangārei

[9 December 2021] Global micromobility company Beam will launch up to 200 e-scooters in Whangārei following approval from the Whangārei District Council, with operations to commence on Monday 13 December.

The app-based e-scooters will be available across the city, and will be available in Central City, the Town Basin, on the City to Kamo shared path and Hatea Loop. Beam’s service will feature affordable pay-as-you-go rates, with every ride covered by Beam’s personal accident insurance.

Beam is the largest micromobility operator in Asia Pacific, with operations in Auckland, Wellington and Palmerston North in New Zealand. 

The Beam offering will include:

  • Beam’s Saturn e-scooter fleet: Featuring tip-resistant dual-kickstands, triple electric and mechanical brakes, a bluetooth-locked helmet, and swappable batteries
  • Beam Booster for Retail Support: Beam’s Booster platform utilises a blend of GPS-technology, in-app notifications and partner incentives to help stimulate economic activity at the local community level. Participation is free, with applications now open for local Whangārei businesses via 
  • Virtual Docking for Cleaner Streets: At Beam, we believe that the future of micromobility is docked rather than dockless. But a docked system does not require hardware racks fitted on the pavements. Fixed parking docks can be created virtually, using technology and GPS to direct riders to appropriate parking spots through a combination of guidance, incentives, and disincentives.
  • Climate Neutral Operations for A Greener City: Beam is the only operator in ANZ to be Certified Climate Neutral, and has recently announced a pledge to go Carbon Negative by 2025. Beam is committed to continuing to lead the industry in sustainability, adopting technological advances to reduce its environmental impact.

Beam’s General Manager (ANZ) Tom Cooper said: 

“We’re thrilled to be piloting Whangārei’s first shared e-mobility trial, and to bring our much-loved e-scooters to New Zealand’s northernmost major city ahead of the summer holidays. 
“We look forward to working collaboratively with the Whangārei District Council to bring our safe, affordable and sustainable e-scooters to both residents and visitors.
“As micromobility becomes more commonplace in New Zealand, we believe its usage will only continue to increase exponentially, with more citizens engaging on the streets and leaving their cars behind. 
“As we look forward to expanding our footprint, we are also committed to developing collaborative partnerships with local community members and organisations, and engage in discussions around the safe operation of e-scooters to ensure the safety of both riders, pedestrians and other road users.” 

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