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Micromobility firm GetCharged has unveiled a charging and docking station for electric scooters in New York City.
Andrew Fox, GetCharged co-founder, says cities continue to use micromobility as an option to “ease pressures on public transportation and congestion”.
"However, significant pitfalls remain with the dockless model, such as cluttered streets and sidewalks and the risk of fire when charging multiple scooters in residential buildings, he continues. “Charge provides vital infrastructure for riders and ride-share operators by offering a convenient place to charge and store e-vehicles, helping protect the integrity of city streets and keeping pedestrians and residents safe.”
Paul Vallone, member for New York City Council, says the charging stations are compatible with e-bikes and would help ensure the streets “remain clear, organised and safe while encouraging the use of innovative transportation solutions”.
Ydanis Rodriguez, member for New York City Council, says the pilot will obtain feedback from riders and gain an understanding on the impact of the stations on surrounding communities.
"I will continue to work alongside my colleagues at the council to ensure we embrace the many benefits micromobility brings to the City,” he adds.
The charging and docking station is in Worth Square located at 200 5th Avenue (on Broadway, between 24th & 25th).