Shop and Swap: Swobbee launches online store for rental batteries
The Berlin-based climate-tech startup Swobbee is expanding its service to include an online shop for rental batteries. The company is thus evolving into a comprehensive battery service provider for micromobility.
The offer is aimed at both existing Swobbee customers and fleet operators who do not yet use Swobbee services, as well as private customers. Previous or future use of Swobbee stations is not a prerequisite.
Swobbee has developed the first multi-vendor battery swapping station with a multi-modal approach for the booming micromobility sector. Currently, the company's state-of-the-art battery charging and swapping stations are primarily used by sharing, logistics and delivery services to swap empty batteries of small electric vehicles for fully charged ones in seconds, increasing the efficiency and sustainability of fleets.
From now on, not only Swobbee's B2B customers, but all interested parties can conveniently order the suitable batteries online for rental throughout the EU in the required number and for the appropriate period of time. Suitable chargers for the rental batteries can be rented individually as required. Swobbee thus offers the first circular battery rental system for end users. At the launch, Swobbee also has a special offer for its customers: Anyone who orders rental batteries in the current year can still charge and swap them free of charge at existing Swobbee stations in 2023, if there are any nearby.
Rental batteries from AES, Akku Vision, GreenPack, Okai, Segway and Torrot
At the start Swobbee takes over the distribution of batteries from the manufacturers AES, Akku Vision, Greenpack, Okai, Segway and Torrot. A total of 10 different battery types can currently be ordered and rented, which are compatible with the majority of small electric vehicles on the road in Europe, as well as other applications such as energy boxes. Among them are the main battery models from AES and Akku Vision, which are widely used in the e-cargobike segment and end-user segment, respectively. The range of rental batteries is to be successively expanded.
"Whether for e-moped, e-bike, e-cargo bike or e-scooter: renting batteries instead of buying makes sense. With the new Swobbee online store, battery rental has never been easier," enthuses Thomas Duscha, CEO and co-founder of Swobbee. "Our customers benefit from express delivery, flexible periods and fast replacement of defective batteries. With this offer, we make sustainable micromobility even more attractive for corporate and private customers, who can buy and operate small e-vehicles at a reduced price without batteries."