KELOWNA, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Helbiz, a global leader in micro-mobility that is the business combination target of GreenVision Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: GRNV), today announced that it has launched its first fleet of electric vehicles in Canada after securing a one-year permit in Kelowna, British Columbia. A total of 400 e-scooters will roll out across the city in the coming months.
“We’re excited to finally enter the Canadian market to offer our sustainable transportation solutions to the citizens of Kelowna,” said Gian Luca Spriano, Director of International Business Development. “With its diverse community and abundance of outdoor activities, Kelowna is the perfect city to launch our flagship Canadian operations. We look forward to working closely with the city to ensure transportation needs are met.”
The vehicles will be able to operate downtown around the waterfront pathways in addition to everywhere else around the city other than on Highways 97 and 33. There will also be parking restrictions in place to ensure the safe and proper use of the vehicles.
Helbiz has opened a Kelowna-based office and warehouse to run its operations on-the-ground, employing a full-time team to ensure its fleet is charged, repaired and well-maintained. As part of the company’s Covid-19 safety guidelines, each device will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day.
To further support the company’s commitment to driving awareness and adoption of micro-mobility solutions, Helbiz plans to implement community engagement initiatives throughout the city. This will include the Helbiz Apprenticeship Program, which provides career pathway opportunities in the high-demand mobility industry, and the Helbiz Access Program, which offers discounts on rides for low-income residents.
Users can download the Helbiz mobile app on iOS and Android to instantly geolocate, rent and unlock e-scooters directly from their smartphones with just a tap. For additional information, please visit www.helbiz.com.
Helbiz is a global leader in micro-mobility services. Launched in 2016 and headquartered in New York City, the company operates e-scooters, e-bicycles and e-mopeds in nearly 30 cities around the world including Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Arlington, Atlanta, Miami, Milan and Rome. Helbiz utilizes a customized, proprietary fleet management platform, artificial intelligence and environmental mapping to optimize operations and business sustainability. In Q1 2021, Helbiz Inc announced a merger with SPAC GreenVision Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: GRNV), resulting in it becoming the first micro-mobility company listed on Nasdaq upon completion.
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