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Posted on 17 August 2021
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Marc-Antoine Réol, France Country Manager at Duckt – the connected infrastructure solution dedicated to electric micromobility vehicles parking and recharging – tells us more about one of the 10 projects of the Moove Lab’s 7th batch – the mobility & autotech focused accelerator program, co-founded by Via ID and the CNPA.
The startup – co-founded in Estonia by Goksen Atalay, Çagri Selçuklu et Evren Yazici in 2019 – was created from an important observation: “Shared micromobility’s continuous evolution, the increase in the number of operators and electric vehicles. By 2030, this industry could count over 30 million new vehicles to park and charge in urban areas.
Indeed, the constant increase in the number of free-floating vehicles causes important issues: disorder in public space, pedestrian safety, and a significant operational cost for mobility operators.
Duckt addresses this through a universal infrastructure solution dedicated to urban micromobility, allowing the parking, locking and recharging of all types of private and public electric micromobility vehicles (scooters and EVs): “We want to provide a solution to the problem of order in urban areas, for local authorities.”
The startup has 2 targets:
Their connected infrastructure has an integrated sim card that allows them to connect to mobility operators’ APIs. These terminals are coupled with an adapter / locker including 6 layers of aluminum and an RFID identifier: Duckt can then identify the electric vehicle that reaches the terminal, and can communicate to the operator its level of charge, as well as the time traveled between 2 stations, etc.
This offer has a significant advantage for mobility operators: operational costs reduction.
In November 2020, Duckt won Urban Lab’s call for projects, Paris&Co experimentation laboratory. Their goal: to set up 17 Duckt stations for 150 charging points in the Paris Rive Gauche Urban Innovation area.
“Duckt wants to provide Parisians with a multimodal offer linked to public transportation, along with credible alternatives to car use.”
Indeed, the startup wants to connect Mass transit locations – such as Gare de Lyon, Place d’italie and several metro spots – to the major living spaces surrounding the Urban Innovation district: station F, Paris Diderot University, the François Mitterrand Library, etc. Then to a few other places including restaurants and physical activities areas.
“Our Paris project, as part of the Urban Lab, is the flagship of Duckt’s development in Europe. The Moove Lab, being positioned at Sation F, is at the heart of this project. It was an opportunity to set up in the heart of Paris and benefit from the Moove Lab’s unique ecosystem and connections. We needed support to build a network of partners and make our solution grow in an exceptional working environment. “Explains Marc-Antoine.
An environment that eases evolution and collaboration: “5 of the 17 stations that will be set up in Paris are connected to the Smovengo network.”
Duckt international development has already begun: the startup, in the midst of raising Series A funding, is mainly focusing on Europe – particularly France, Germany and England – and would like to be present in cities with a fairly high population density where their infrastructure would therefore be relevant.
However, their solution is also growing in the United States, particularly in New York and soon in Boston and Miami. “A development that we only pictured on the roadmap by 2022-2023.” Marc-Antoine points out.
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