One of the leading shared electric vehicle companies Lime and the award-winning mobility app Whim have listened to their customers and joined forces to make hopping on an e-scooter even easier. Today you can find all Lime e-scooters on the streets of Antwerp in Whim in addition to the many other modes of transport the app offers.
The demand for alternative mobility options has been increasing in recent years as the pandemic has forced us to find alternative modes of transport and rethink our travel habits. Especially different micromobility options – such as e-scooters and shared bikes – have been in high demand lately, and they are proven to be helpful for the users when creating their own multimodal travel chains. They are often combined with public transport to solve the first/last mile problem – that is, getting from the public transport stop to the final destination – and so increase the use of public transport. Mobility app Whim brings these different modes of transport in one place, and now Lime e-scooters have been added to the selection in Antwerp.
Antwerp has long been a forerunner in the mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) field with its modern legislation and openness towards different modes of mobility. The city hosts several alternative modes from shared cars to micromobility options, and many are already accessible via Whim. This collaboration between Lime and MaaS Global, the company behind Whim app, is yet another great step for the MaaS positive Antwerp, and a sign that it is eager to continue the mobility revolution’s winning streak. Antwerp will also function as a testbed for another exciting addition, a sustainability-driven car substitution program that Whim will introduce later this year.
Whim’s mission is to offer a better alternative to a private car by combining the planning, booking and paying of mobility options under one app, and 12.5 % of Whim users say the app has helped them either avoid buying a new car or get rid of one*. This collaboration between Lime and Whim has been eagerly anticipated by both companies and will continue after the launch in Antwerp this year. Whim is available on multiple markets in Europe and Asia, and the next step will be adding the Lime e-scooters to Whim in Brussels, Helsinki and Switzerland. Wherever Whim is available, users can easily navigate new cities with the same app they use at home.
“I am so excited for this collaboration! It has been long-awaited and it will be even easier for the users to cruise around the beautiful city of Antwerp. We are proud to be a part of this shift in the mobility industry towards a more sustainable and convenient way of traveling,” says Ralph de Jong, MaaS Global’s Country Manager for Benelux.
*Whim car ownership survey 2021
About MaaS Global and Whim
MaaS Global is the world leader in the field of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and the company behind the award-winning Whim app that has revolutionized users’ travel habits in favor of more sustainable modes. Users can plan, book and pay for their trips in one app, use several modes of mobility as well as choose from pay-as-you-go tickets or monthly subscriptions.
MaaS Global was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. The company has raised €65 million and is backed by several financial and strategic investors. The Whim app is available on Google Play store and Apple App Store.