Belgium is emerging as Europe’s most profitable micro-mobility market. Know how to build an e-scooter app in Belgium and how much does it cost
Unlike London, many cities of the European countries are witnessing a transportation revolution. And surprisingly, a tiny electric scooter is the driving force behind this much-needed revolution. In the last few months, many global, as well as local micro-mobility startups, have started their e-scooter sharing business in many cities of different European Countries. According to McKinsey, the European micro-mobility market will reach somewhere between $100 billion to $150 billion by 2030.
Talking specifically about one of the most profitable micro-mobility markets of the European countries – Belgium micro-mobility market – almost all active micro-mobility startups of Europe choose Belgium as their business terrain as Belgium micro-mobility market is business-ready. Considering the profitability of the Belgium micro-mobility market, not only e-scooter sharing startups but also the bicycle rental startups and electric moped sharing startups are operating their businesses in many major cities of Belgium.
So, if you are also planning to build an e-scooter app in Belgium, you’ve landed in the right place. In this blog, we will discuss everything from Belgium micro-mobility market to the latest technologies which are being used in e-scooter app development, Belgium e-scooter regulations and even the cost to build an e-scooter app in Belgium.
» Belgium micro-mobility ecosystem
As discussed, Belgium is hosting 10+ e-scooter, bicycle and moped sharing startups. Eco-friendly people, proper infrastructure, and supportive government are the major reasons why micro-mobility startups are mushrooming in this tiny country of Europe. Another reason why Belgium has the room for many more micro-mobility startups is the low riding cost compared to other markets. According to McKinsey, the EU pricing is about half that in the United States.
Following are the top micro-mobility startups dominating the micro-mobility market of Belgium.
JUMP is Uber’s micro-mobility company which has deployed 500 electric bikes across Brussels City, Saint-Gilles, Ixelles, Etterbeek, Sint-Joost-ten-Node and Schaerbeek.
To know more about JUMP and build a clone of JUMP e-scooter app, read our dedicated blog.
Dott is the Netherlands-based e-scooter sharing startup founded by Maxim Romain and Henri Moissinac. Its e-scooter hardware is 100% repairable with all parts replaceable when damaged. Dott is working with the local authorities and hiring local staff to offer the best and reliable service in each city.
To know more about Dott and build a clone of Dott e-scooter app, read our dedicated blog.
Troty is the Belgium-based micro-mobility startup which has successfully found its space among top micro-mobility startups. It charges €1 to unlock an e-scooter and €0.15 for every minute of the ride. One can also rent Troty’s e-scooter on an hourly basis by paying €6.5 for an hour and one can even rent an e-scooter for the whole day by paying €39.
Founded by Maarten Poot and Quinten Selhorst in 2016, Felyx is the Amsterdam-based scooter-sharing startup. Using its robust mobile app, users can locate nearby electric scooter and reserve it. A rider has to pay €0.30 per minute to ride Felyx’s electric scooter. Amsterdam and Brussels are the major service areas of Felyx.
To know more about the Felyx and build a clone of it, read our dedicated blog.
E-scooter regulations in Belgium
Two years ago, the sudden appearance of e-scooters and e-bikes on the roads of cities forced many governments to think freshly about their old traffic rules. Belgium which had already revamped many traffic rules in 2007, had to reconsider those rules in 2017 when Chinese bike-sharing service O-Bike and Gobee dropped hundreds of bicycles around the city.
As of now, every micro-mobility startup is required to acquire a permit from the government prior to deployment of e-scooters on the streets of any city of Belgium. Those startups are also required to pay extra heed to the quality of the e-scooter hardware to ensure the safety of riders and pedestrians.
Following are some other e-scooter laws in Belgium our team of business experts have come across while helping a Brussels -based client to get the e-scooter permit.
- The operator should provide a helmet to every e-scooter rider and every e-scooter rider should wear a helmet.
- A rider can ride an e-scooter on the sidewalk as long as he does not exceed the walking pace. In other words, a rider while riding an e-scooter on the sidewalk is considered as the pedestrian and he has to behave as such.
- An e-scooter rider has to respect traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.
- An e-scooter rider can use one-way streets in both directions.
- The operator should make sure that broken e-scooters are repaired within 24 hours.
- While riding an e-scooter on the pavement, the speed limit should be 25 km/h.
Government of Belgium has also suggested some safety guidelines to follow while riding an e-scooter.
- An e-scooter rider should take the necessary time to have the grip of the machine.
- An e-scooter rider should remain predictable for other users.
- An e-scooter rider is advised to avoid placing himself in the blind spots of cars, trucks and buses.
So, now when you know the Belgium micro-mobility market and e-scooter regulations in Belgium, let’s turn the pages and discuss the technical part of the e-scooter app.
Top 3 technologies making an e-scooter app unbeatable and e-scooter sharing business effortless
Generally, every newbie startup gives cold shoulder to latest technologies and asks e-scooter app development companies to employ conventional technologies for the sake of saving a few bucks. But an app developed with the last generation of technologies simply can not perform well in the intensified market. Because only new technologies can help you lock horns with some of the very disastrous challenges of the micro-mobility industry.
Following are the top 3 technologies which can take the functionality of your e-scooter app and profitability of your e-scooter sharing business to the next level.
Vandalism is the major challenge facing all micro-mobility startups. But an in-built feature which triggers the alarm if someone attempts to move or tamper with e-scooter without using the app can increase the lifespan of an e-scooter. After all, the e-scooter costs around $600 and its average lifespan in the USA is only 28 days!
An admin panel working on AI technology can dramatically increase the efficiency of all business processes. It predicts the demand in different locations. It also predicts the effect on usage if you change the fare. And most importantly, it solves all queries of the customers within seconds.
Geofencing is there in all e-scooter apps. But you should use it properly to leverage it. The proper use of geofencing technology prevents a rider from taking your e-scooter outside of the operational area. It also alerts the rider when he approaches the school, park and crowded market.
How much does it cost to build an e-scooter app in Belgium?
Coruscate is the top e-scooter app development company which has developed 10 e-scooter apps including an app named Wave for Brussels, Belgium.
We accommodate 100+ app developers, app designers, IoT engineers, business experts, and legal advisors who all work parallel to make your business journey seamless.
Apart from app development, we offer many different services. Our business experts help micro-mobility startups to study the market, draft the business plan and decide on the business model. Whereas, our legal advisors help micro-mobility startups to get a permit from the government.
The cost to build an e-scooter app in Belgium depends on the app development approach you choose.
- To develop a custom e-scooter app with all custom features, we charge somewhere between $15K to $25K.
- The price to develop the clone of some popular e-scooter apps starts from $10K.
- And our subscription plan for the white label e-scooter app starts from just $500.
To learn more about our cost structures and get a personalized quote, please feel free to contact us. Our one of the senior business experts will welcome you with the free e-scooter app demo and free consultation.