The Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e) in The Netherlands will begin an e-bike and e-scooter trial on 4 February; for six months, the university will make free electric bikes and scooters available to employees who live between 7-20 kilometers (4-12 miles) from campus. The €10,000 (US$13,500) trial is one of the ways the university seeks to promote alternative transportation to campus.
The test runs from 1 February to 31 July 2013. During this half year employees may use an electric bicycle or scooter for one week. The bikes are made available by the company PiECObello Lease.
For the pilot, three electric bikes for men, three for women and four different bikes scooters are available. All are set at a maximum speed of 25 km/h (16 mph.)
TU/e seeks to be completely climate neutral in 2015. The university wants to promote the use of alternative transport, such as cycling or public transport. Earlier in December, a number of charging stations for electric vehicles were placed on campus.