Europe's cobbled streets tripping up scooter firms

Europe's cobbled streets tripping up scooter firms
The first scooter start-ups began in California

Many of the continent’s oldest capital cities also feature very narrow streets - useful for taking a shortcut on a scooter, but near-impossible to navigation for a scooter company’s collection truck

Electric scooter start-ups have been grappling with an unexpected problem that’s laying waste to the two-wheeled vehicles: Europe’s cobbled streets.

Scooter companies have rapidly expanded across the continent, targeting tourist spots such as Paris and Lisbon, raising hundreds of millions of dollars of venture capital funding in the process.

But while the first scooter start-ups began in California, where pavements are predominantly flat, Europe is full...

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