NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Helbiz Inc. (NASDAQ: HLBZ), a global leader in micro-mobility and the first in its industry to be publicly listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market, today announced entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with Wheels, a leading last-mile, shared electric mobility platform with proprietary integrated helmet technology. Wheels is expected to supply Helbiz with an initial fleet of 2,500 seated e-mobility devices to first deploy in four cities in the United States and two Italian innovation hubs starting next month with plans to expand into other operating markets in the future. The companies anticipate entering into definitive documents within 30 days.
“We are thrilled to expand our micro-mobility offerings to include Wheels seated devices, a design highly sought after by riders,” said Vivian Myrtetus, Head of Partnerships and Policy at Helbiz. “Wheels’ seated design and integrated smart helmet allows us to service a wider range of users including those with limited mobility. We look forward to the future of this partnership that will expand our product offerings and provide riders with more last-mile options that fit their needs.”
Wheels devices will be available to unlock, rent and ride through the Helbiz App, where users will be introduced to this new transportation option in select markets. Wheels devices will also be managed by local Helbiz operations teams.
“The partnership between Wheels and Helbiz is a natural fit,” said Will Sowers, Director of Public Affairs at Wheels. “With their deployment of technology like helmet verification selfies, we both have a commitment to safety in our DNA, and we have observed their effective operations first-hand in some of today’s hottest markets like Miami and Miami Lakes. As a trailblazer in the space and the first publicly traded micro-mobility company, Helbiz makes an ideal partner to help Wheels further our mission to make micro-mobilty safe and accessible for all.”
Helbiz is a global leader in micro-mobility services. Launched in 2015 and headquartered in New York City, the company offers a diverse fleet of vehicles including e-scooters, e-bicycles and e-mopeds all on one convenient, user-friendly platform with over 40 licenses in cities around the world. Helbiz utilizes a customized, proprietary fleet management technology, artificial intelligence and environmental mapping to optimize operations and business sustainability. Helbiz is expanding its urban lifestyle products and services to include live streaming services, food delivery, financial services and more, all accessible within its mobile app. For additional information, please visit www.helbiz.com.
Wheels is a last-mile, shared electric mobility platform whose seated form factor changes the landscape in dockless mobility. In addition to being seated, Wheels devices have a low center of gravity and 14-inch wheels to help navigate uneven pavement surfaces. Wheels recently launched a first-of-its-kind integrated helmet system that gives riders physical access to a shareable helmet with every ride they take. Because of its unique design, Wheels devices have a broad appeal, with half of its riders being women and one-third being over 35. Wheels is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and is currently expanding operations across the U.S. and Europe. Learn more at www.takewheels.com.
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