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Smoove and Zoov join forces to create a European sustainable mobility champion

by Zoov, on March 31, 2021

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As the demand for active urban mobility soars, Smoove’s experience and international presence and Zoov’s technological advancement enable us to meet any and all expectations of local governments, and to massively accelerate the modal shift from cars to bikes.

Smoove & Zoov official announcement video

Smoove, one of the market leaders in self-service bikes, and Zoov, the technological benchmark for self-service e-bikes, are teaming up, combining their expertise and experience to roll out their technology in countries across the world.

Together we will offer the best e-bike solutions - including a wide range of services for cities and operators, to meet the needs of any city.

The partnership with Smoove gives us the opportunity to execute a large-scale roll out of the technology we have been developing for almost 4 years now. We are very excited about this prospect.  

– Arnaud Le Rodallec, CEO of Zoov

A new heavyweight providing lightweight solutions to mobility challenges

As the demand for active urban mobility soars, Smoove’s experience and international presence and Zoov’s technological advancement enable us to meet any and all expectations of local governments, and to massively accelerate the modal shift from cars to bikes.

We have set our sights on making a major contribution to the European Union’s objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions linked to transport by 60% by 2050: it will be easier to achieve this goal together.

Smoove and Zoov are already able to offer connected self-service systems, with or without stations, both of which can seamlessly co-exist. Due to the array of uses for e-bikes, new offerings - based on the expertise of both entities - are being developed. These will be unveiled over the course of 2021.

We are passionate about working hand in hand with medium and large cities. Cycling needs to be developed everywhere if we want to make an impact. Zoov’s technologies are revolutionary as they significantly reduce investment and operating costs. Together with our expertise with local authorities, they will enable us to make self-service more profitable and easier to implement, while opening the door to additional uses.

Benoit Yameundjeu, CEO of Smoove

To capitalize on the environmental and economic benefits of local production, Smoove and Zoov will continue to contribute to the development of the French bike industry with the goal of relying primarily on the French industrial network to develop our offerings. The supply chain for Vélib bikes (Paris bike sharing scheme) is already over 60% French, and will also benefit from relocation measures.

Smoove and Zoov - who we are

Smoove is a French company, founded in 2008, that is both a pioneer and a leader in the bike-sharing market, specialized in designing and rolling out systems to countries across the globe. It has rolled out over 50,000 e-bikes and mechanical bikes in 23 cities worldwide, including Moscow, Vancouver, Helsinki, Lima and Paris, within the Smovengo consortium the world's largest self-service bike-sharing service, with over 360,000 subscribers and 215,000 trips per day. This has enabled Smoove, over the course of 15 years, to accumulate unparalleled expertise in the self-service bike market, supporting local authorities from defining and framing their upstream needs to providing continuous support throughout the operational phase of its solutions.

Zoov was created in 2017 by Eric Carreel, a successful multi-entrepreneur (Inventel, Withings, Invoxia, etc.), Arnaud Le Rodallec and Amira Haberah. In just a few years, Zoov has become the technological benchmark for self-service e-bikes thanks to connected, efficient and reliable e-bikes, as well as the world’s most compact and lightweight charging station. In addition to operating services in the south of the Paris region and Bordeaux, Zoov makes it possible for all types of operators to integrate their e-bikes into their mobility offering, or to enhance their existing service with connectivity enabled by IoT (Internet of Things) and fleet management tools. Operators are using Zoov technology to power shared e-bike services in a growing number of cities including Grenoble and Paris.


What’s going to change?  

In this transaction, Mobivia, Smoove’s parent company via its subsidiary Via ID, remains a majority shareholder, alongside Zoov’s founders and investors. Smoove and Zoov are jointly preparing a capital drive which aims, among other things, to accelerate their business development and increase their capacity for innovation.

The employees of Smoove and Zoov, located in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux, have already started to work together, and all sites will remain active.

I’m a Zoover

The company will continue to operate a fleet of over 1000 Zoov e-bikes in Bordeaux and the Paris region. Smoove services will also remain uninterrupted.

I’m a city

If you knew of - or were considering implementing - Zoov or Smoove technologies for your project before, the good news is our offering will only improve. This union means that we can tailor a service to meet your exact specifications.

I’m an operator

If you are interested in operating with Zoov’s state-of-the-art electric bikes, stations and fleet management tools, you still have the opportunity to do so. We’re continuing to trust operators with our technologies, to love our bikes as their own, with their own branding.