Hyderabad: WRI India Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) and L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited (LTMRHL) launched Zypp, e-scooter services by Mobycy for last-mile connectivity from KPHB and Kukatpally metro stations.
Mobycy, a bicycle, e-bike and e-scooter sharing technology platform for first and last-mile solutions, was one of the winners of the Station Access and Mobility Program (STAMP) Challenge conducted by WRI India and TMF in collaboration with HMRL in August 2018. Currently operating in Delhi, Gurugram and Noida, Mobycy is rapidly scaling up to establish a presence in other Indian cities. With support from the STAMP Challenge, Mobycy has introduced its services in Hyderabad, allowing people to access the Hyderabad metro with greater ease.
The STAMP Challenge, launched in June 2018, invited proposals for innovative solutions for last-mile connectivity to Hyderabad Metro.
“The Hyderabad metro serves a wide range of commuters, and we are endeavoring to create multiple last-mile solutions that can cater to the different requirements of these commuters. At the end of the day, the efficiency of the metro needs to be matched by equally efficient first and last-mile services for affordable and time-saving commutes,” said NVS Reddy, MD of Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited, on speaking about the initiative.
Prasanna Ganesh, VP at Toyota Daihatsu Engineering and Manufacturing and Director at the Toyota Mobility Foundation, said, “Our cities are in critical need of robust transportation systems that put the commuter at the centre of the planning processes. By integrating the high capacity metro network with the larger urban transport ecosystem, the STAMP initiative is an exciting bottom up approach that has the potential to change commuter behaviour by linking the metro with high quality mobility solutions that are accessible at the touch of a button.”
Kickstarting the STAMP pilot, Mobycy has launched 10 e-scooters each at KPHB metro station and at Malaysian Township, a residential complex of over 2,000 families.
With a range of approximately 40 kilometres on a single charge, the e-scooters are IoT enabled and can be unlocked with a QR code mechanism. With initial operations plying between Malaysian Township and KPHB station for residents, the company will quickly scale up operations to more metro stations and will allow customers to pick-up and drop-off the Zypp e-scooters anywhere. Mobycy will also enter into partnerships with various residential and commercial complexes to enable their residents and employees to access the metro stations with greater ease.
Speaking about the Mobycy model, Sudeept Maiti, senior manager at the World Resources Institute (WRI India), said, “Two-wheelers are an important mode of transportation in Indian cities, and they are uniquely positioned to serve the last-mile connection- they are a fast, affordable and personalized mode of transport which are well-suited to short trips. Mobycy’s e-scooter is a unique hybrid concept between an e-bicycle and an electric motorbike, and it will be interesting to see how commuters respond to it and use the service.”
Other solutions emerging from the STAMP Challenge include autorickshaw feeder services, last-mile cab services, carpooling and bicycle sharing services. Rayd, a cab aggregator for last-mile connectivity, is currently operating at Ameerpet metro station, with services running to HITEC City. ACT Carpool, a community carpooling platform that enables carpooling between residents living in the same residential complexes, has also started operations at one housing society near KPHB metro station, and will be expanding to others that are located within the catchment zone of the Hyderabad metro.
With the upcoming launch of the Ameerpet-HITEC City stretch of the Hyderabad Metro, the metro network is expected to see a spike in ridership, which will further increase the requirement of efficient and convenient last-mile services.