Micromobility docking stations

February 15, 2022


Docking and charging stations are perhaps one part of the future of how micromobility can be suitably and successfully placed onto the high street.

The micromobility firms see this too. Especially as a way of building good quality relationship with Government (B2G) and local authorities. Docking stations of micromobility clearly improve good behaviour of users.

The US micromobility firm Acton has just bought Estonian micromobility infrastructure and then docking station provider DUCKT for an undisclosed sum.

While we do not have the financials we do have the strategy for this micromobility firm. Similarly, Bolt have started to roll out their docking stations in Europe.

Virtual integration is becoming quite popular in the micromobility industry. E.g. With Dott having all of their operations inhouse in the UK.

The purchase by Acton Micromobility cements an already firm relationship. With the joint offer servicing over 100 cities around the globe, including Paris, New York and San Francisco.

This tie up means the docking station roll out can grow to more cities including the UK.

While Voi in the West Midlands have non electric docking stations. Here is them in Birmingham in action. Embedded content: https://youtube.com/shorts/MG11io63hjE?feature=share

Duckt’s micromobility docking stations offers cities, and e-mobility operators and users, to organise public space suitably for micromobility. While being sympathetic to other space users.

The aim of the these integrated locking stations are lower operation costs while providing a simple, secure universal charge station that is sympathetic to the built environment.

“Duckt has built a solution that solves one of the biggest challenges facing micromobility today - building smart parking and charging networks,” explained Acton CEO and co-founder Janelle Wang. “Combining our intelligent e-vehicle technology with their infrastructure in a single, connected platform puts us in a unique position in the market. Acton can deliver its B2B and business to Government customers a sustainable, turnkey MaaS solution that is unrivaled in terms of quality, flexibility, and level of integration.”

Duckt’s primary backer EIT InnoEnergy’s head of micromobility Jennifer Dungs goes onto say, “The Acton and Duckt merger makes for a perfect growth story. Together, they really have it all; well-designed, high-quality vehicles, the software to manage operations cost-efficiently, broadly compatible charging and docking stations plus the experience and capacity for large-scale roll-out. For any given city or corporate looking to plug an off-the-shelf micromobility solution into their transport offering, it does not get much better than this".

Here in London, there are no or little street furniture or docking stations for micromobility. Micromobility Docking London

Rather there are lines painted onto the pavement to show where escooters should be parked. The big problem is that the GPS isn't always good enough to show the micromobility escooter or ebike exactly in the parking bay, even when it is.

Here are more photos of the London street escooter parking plus some of new street bike parking in South London.

Micromobility parking docking

Ebike parking london micromobility

While here are micromobility docking stations from around the world:

Russia Moscow Micromobility docking station:

Micromobility Docking station Moscow

Estonia's docking station for micromobility; estonia Micromobolity Flow docking station