The fight against climate change is one of the greatest challenges that humanity will have to face in the 21st century, and the decarbonization of the economy and mobility is essential for this. Transport is responsible for a quarter of global CO2 emissions and a large part of pollution in urban environments. For this reason, the electrification of transport is the only way to address both problems with a common origin through electric vehicles, which improve energy use and efficiency.
The Iberdrola Group is committed to the electrification of transport and to an ambitious Sustainable Mobility Plan which aims, among other things, to install nearly 150,000 private electric vehicle charging points, more than 2,500 on public roads in Spain and Portugal, and more than 2,300 fast, super-fast and ultra-fast charge points by 2023.
Micromobility Startup Challenge: Opportunities
Through launching the Micromobility Startup Challenge, Iberdrola addresses some of the industry’s hurdles:
The explosive growth of micro-mobility makes it a key sector in the cities of the future. It is estimated the sector will be worth between 300 billion and 500 billion euros by 2030, while public transport is currently losing market share.
Nowadays, most of these vehicles belong to different companies that offer sharing services for bicycles, scooters, motorbikes, and mopeds, although the number of individuals or companies that decide to acquire ownership of these types of vehicles is also increasing significantly.
Vandalism has sometimes become a problem in some areas where users park bicycles, scooters, and motorbikes on the street. Moreover, since there is no specific parking for these vehicles, abandoned scooters and motorbikes left in the middle of the pavements of large cities are becoming a problem for the public administration, users, and micro-mobility sharing companies.
In this reality, most of the vehicles that are parked on the street belong to micro-mobility operators and do not have access to a charging point, which implies a significant maintenance cost for these companies, adding to the challenge of maintaining their fleets with optimal charge levels so that users can get the best out of the vehicles.
In the case of private users, they are currently resorting to taking their vehicles inside their offices or homes in order to address both the issues of secure parking and storage and charging. This practice can be somewhat inconvenient when space is limited or the vehicle is not easily transportable.
Looking for Tech-driven Parking, Storing & Charging Solutions
Iberdrola is therefore looking for parking, storage, or charging solutions for micromobility that favor the electrification of urban transport.
Parking & Storing
Solutions that guarantee the safe storage of scooters and bicycles against theft and vandalism, integrating the corresponding custody systems (i.e. padlocks).
Solutions providing charging points for private users and fleets of shared vehicles, not depending on the manufacturer’s charging system. Possible adaptation to motorbikes and mopeds will be positively assessed.
Digitalization of the solution and integration with mobile devices via an app.
Join the Challenge to Scale Your Technology
Your prize will consist of signing a collaboration and Proof of Concept (PoC) agreement with Perseo, Iberdrola’s investment arm. For the PoC, Iberdrola will fully support you in terms of:
- Covering the costs of the collaboration and the proof of concept;
- Providing you with the necessary technical support to test the solution proposed,
- Giving you access to equipment, appliances, infrastructure, high technology sites, and joint work areas; and
- Providing you with a real environment and real data to test your solution
Further, Iberdrola may offer you the opportunity to scale up your solution into other Iberdrola networks by means of commercial agreements if the PoC is successful.
In addition, Perseo may consider investing in the winning solution.
Take a Few Minutes & Apply by 30 July!
All applications must be submitted by 30 July 2021 and will be analyzed by Iberdrola’s Smart Mobility team who will take the following criteria into consideration:
- Investment and operating costs
- The maturity and suitability of the proposals for different models
- Simplicity of implementation and scalability
- Ease of use and integration with Iberdrola’s portfolio of services
- Applicability and ability to reach agreements with global partners
- The business model and value proposition for the end-user
- The degree of digitalization of the proposal
If you want to take a share of the growing micromobility sector, apply now for the Micromobility Startup Challenge!
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