iRent to expand e-scooter sharing service to Taoyuan

01/21/2020 08:52 PM
Courtesy of iRent
Courtesy of iRent

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) iRent, one of the leading e-scooter sharing companies in Taiwan, said Tuesday that it is planning to take its service into Taoyuan soon, extending its reach to the last of the six largest cities in Taiwan.

The iRent service in Taoyuan will start after the seven-day Lunar New holiday, which ends on Jan. 29, the company said, but it did not give an exact date.

Currently, iRent e-scooters are available in Taipei and New Taipei in northern Taiwan, Taichung in central Taiwan, and Tainan and Kaohsiung in the south, five of the six municipalities in the country.

iRent is operated by Taiwan's largest car vendor Hotai Motor Co., which is a sales agent for Japan's Toyota Motor Corp.

The other major e-scooter sharing services providers in Taiwan are GoShare, run by e-scooter brand Gogoro, and WeMo, which is operated by WeMo Corp.

Hotai Motor said it is keen to forge strategic partnerships with private companies and government agencies to provide more sharing services.

According to market observers, e-scooter sharing services have gained popularity among Taiwan consumers, particularly in wake of the successful YouBike bicycle sharing service in Taipei.

Recent statistics from Statista show that about 90 percent of people in Taiwan know about the sharing economy, and some 40 percent of them have used sharing services at least once.

(By Han Ting-ting and Frances Huang)

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