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Scoot Networks will gradually deploy 500 electric scooters in Santiago, Chile, to offer citizens a more sustainable mobility option.
The pilot programme will take place in Las Condes' business district as part of an agreement with mayor Joaquin Lavin.
Gonzalo Cortez, general manager for Santiago, says the scooters reduce air pollution, make streets safer, keep money in the local economy and makes mobility more affordable.
In June, Scoot delivered 500 electric scooters and 1,000 electric bicycles in Barcelona. The company also collaborated with city officials to develop permits to make the vehicles safe for users.
The scooters were developed in partnership with Spanish manufacturer Silence: they come with an extended battery range and can carry two passengers.
Users can access the service through Scoot's iOS and Android app. The company plans to launch in more cities in Western Europe and the US over the next year.
Elsewhere in Santiago, Engie is to deliver 100 electric buses and charging infrastructure as part of a wider ambition to establish a low-emission transportation in Chile with 6,000 electric buses by 2040.
The company has also issued a proposal for a light rail system to link the Santiago's airport to the city, implemented an electric taxi fleet and developed an intelligent network of charging stations for electric vehicles.
Meanwhile, Canadian bike-sharing company PBSC Urban Solutions will deliver 3,850 Fit bikes and 350 solar-powered stations in Santiago. This project is part of a deal with Tembico, a company which specialises in the operation of bike-sharing systems.