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2:27 McKinsey goes big on Micromobility. Research from McKinsey shows that globally micromobility is the third most popular form of transportation and growing. Over the next decade, 30% of consumers plan to increase their usage of small vehicles. “mobility ecosystem will most likely undergo a transformation not seen since the early days of the automobile,” and McKinsey predicts a steady decline in car use.
5:28 Raising money: Kate, a French company that manufactures tiny electric cars, has raised $7.6M in angel funding. Okiya, a Singapore-based battery-as-a-service startup, has raised $10.8M in Series B funds to connect electric two-wheeler firms to its charging network. Unagi has secured Best Buy as a scooter subscription partner, raising $29.3M through a mix of equity and debt to scale up its HaaS business.Cowboy, a Belgian ebike maker, cruised past its goal of raising €1M in crowdfunding in under 48 hours earlier this week. France based shared micromobility company PONY just raised €6m.11:53 Japan Mobility Tiny Japanese pickup trucks, also known as “kei” cars, are cropping up across rural America, filling a niche for farmers, building contractors, and other tradespeople that U.S. automakers have completely ignored. Take it from Tokyo, decreasing car-dependency starts by de-incentivizing car use. Only 12 percent of trips are made via car in the Japanese capital, due to strict vehicle inspections, high automobile taxes, and limited parking availability.
16:50 More Micromobility Subsidies! A tax credit worth up to $1,500 for an ebike has been introduced in the Minnesota transportation budget for consideration. In Austin, the public utility Austin Energy is doubling its rebate up to $600. The program not only covers ebikes, but scooters, trikes, mopeds, and motorcycles as well.
19:14 Tora Harris, Co-Founder and CEO of Juiced Bikes