E-scooter investors dump U.S. for Europe
Parisians are trading their vélos for scooters électrique: The investors who once buoyed America's e-scooter and bike-share companies are moving their capital to Europe.
Why it matters: America's cities aren't exactly known for being bike- and scooter-friendly. But micromobility investment in Europe has overtaken even Asia — underscoring just how big a boom this is.
Driving the news: Investors this year have poured more than $1 billion into e-scooter and bike-share services in Europe, per PitchBook data.
- Investment in the U.S., by comparison, has amounted to just $632 million.
- Deal count in the U.S. is also less than half that in Europe.
Meanwhile: Micromobility investment in Asia has plummeted.
- The continent drew 60% of global investment in the sector before the pandemic — but barely 10% since 2020, per a McKinsey report this summer.
What's happening: Both policy and market conditions are driving the shift.
- European leaders — true to form — have taken assertive steps to make cyclists and riders feel safer, such as by installing protected bike lanes.
- European micromobility companies are generally newer than those in Asia, and they are in a period of rapid growth and acquisitions.
- Finally, a growing number of building-specific bans on e-bikes and e-scooters — due to deadly battery fires — is putting a damper on the U.S. market.
👀 What we're watching: Helbiz, a micromobility provider based in NYC, this morning announced it’s cutting staff by 15%.
- Helbiz's stock late this morning was trading at about $0.18 per share on Nasdaq — down from a peak of $19.48 in September following its SPAC merger, as Megan has reported.
- Meanwhile, one of the most prominent e-scooter providers in the U.S., Bird, last week told the SEC that it had overstated its revenue the past two years, per The Verge.
- Bird in September formalized its removal of Travis VanderZanden as CEO, though he remains chairman of the board.