STARTUP CHALLENGE: MICRO-MOBILITY

For an efficient and sustainable mobility

Iberdrola group — through its International Startup Programme - PERSEO — is seeking safe parking and charging solutions for electric Personal Mobility Vehicles (PMV), such as bicycles or scooters.

The fight against climate change is one of the greatest challenges that humanity will have to face in the 21st century, for which the decarbonisation of the economy and mobility are essential. Iberdrola group has been pioneering the energy transition for 20 years and is a leader in renewable energies.

Transport is responsible for a quarter of global CO2 emissions and a large part of pollution in urban environments. For this reason, its electrification is the only way to address both problems with a common origin through electric vehicles, which improve energy use and efficiency.

Currently, the electrification of road transport, particularly in urban areas, involves the penetration of Personal Mobility Vehicles (PMVs) such as bicycles, scooters and electric motorbikes. Mobility in this type of vehicle is not only more efficient and environmentally friendly, but also greatly helps to relieve congestion in cities during heavy traffic, therefore helping to improve air quality.

Iberdrola is committed to the electrification of transport and has an ambitious Sustainable Mobility Plan, launched in 2016, 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.

DESCRIPTION OF THE CHALLENGE

The explosive growth of micro-mobility makes it a key sector in the cities of the future, with an estimated value of 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 is also increasing significantly.

THE PROBLEM

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 both the public administration (i.e., city councils) and for users and micro-mobility sharing companies.

Most of the vehicles 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 to address both the issues of secure parking and storage and charging. This practice can be somewhat inconvenient when space is limited and/or the vehicle is not easily transportable.

THE PROPOSALS

For all this, Iberdrola — through its International Startup Programme - PERSEO — is therefore looking for parking, storage and charging solutions for micro-mobility that favour the electrification of urban transport.

The following value propositions — which will be analysed by Iberdrola's Smart Mobility team — will be considered, among others:

 Solutions that guarantee the safe storage of scooters and bicycles against theft and vandalism, integrating the corresponding custody systems.

 Solutions providing charging points for private users and fleets of shared vehicles. Possible adaptation to motorbikes and mopeds will be positively assessed.

 Digitalisation of the solution and integration with mobile devices via app.


It would be advantageous if the solutions:

 Guarantee cybersecurity and protection of users' personal data.

 Allow remote control (availability and booking) and occupancy detection. It would be advantageous if they can detect squatting or intruders.

 Optimise the use of land and modular designs.


In addition, the following will be taken into account:

 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 digitalisation of the proposal.

THE PRIZE

The prize will consist of us signing a collaboration agreement for the development of a proof-of-concept with PERSEO or any other relevant Iberdrola group company, who will assume the costs and provide the winner with the necessary technical support, giving access to infrastructures and real data to test the solution.

If the assay or proof of concept is satisfactory, Iberdrola may offer the participant the opportunity to scale up the solution by means of commercial agreements.

In addition, PERSEO may consider investing in the participant and/or challenge winner.

If you have any questions, please contact IberdrolaChallenge@iberdrola.es.
 

TIMELINE

07/05/2021
Public launch
of the
challenge
07/31/2021
Deadline for
receiving
proposals
September 2021
Announcement
of the winner