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Get moving with Moovr’s latest rides

The mobility company launches its new e-bikes and e-scooters in PH

Moovr's rides would be perfect for intracity or last-mile trips. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

If you need to travel within Bonifacio Global City or the Makati Central Business District, then you should check out Moovr’s latest rides.

The ride-sharing app has been around since December 2020, and the company has just updated its fleet with new electric bicycles and electric kick scooters from Okai.

The e-bike's motor is surprisingly powerful. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT
The QR code can be located at the rear fender. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT
A full charge can go as far as 85km. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT
The saddle height is adjustable. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT
You can store your belongings in the front basket. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

These personal mobility devices (PMD) feature an electric motor with a top speed of up to 25km/h. The EKS are throttle-driven, while the e-bikes are pedal-assist only.

They may look simple, but these rides are pretty high-tech, making use of the Internet of Things (IoT) via integrated SIMs (iSIMs). These allow geofencing so users don’t go outside the service area. And there’s even a topple alert to notify Moovr in case one of its vehicles falls.

The EKS is only meant to transport one person. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT
The phone holder can help with navigation. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT
There's a front light for riding at night. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT
No charging station is needed as the batteries are swapped by Moovr's support team. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

Renting a ride is straightforward. Download Moovr on your phone, set up an account, and load it with credits (via GCash or credit card). Upon opening the app, a map will be displayed showing the different stations and the available vehicles—including the ID number, the rate, and the battery level.

The e-bikes and the EKS cost P30 for every 10 minutes (or a fraction thereof). Also, there are still mechanical bicycles available at P25 for every 15 minutes.

Reservation is possible, but it will incur an additional fee separate from the rental charge. Users can only rent one ride at a time for a maximum period of up to 24 hours (or until the battery drains down to 15%).

To get started, scan the vehicle’s QR code or input its ID number, and it will be unlocked for you to use. To end the ride, you must properly park at the designated hub as shown in the app, or else the timer will continue counting.

The app lets you see the available rides. SCREENSHOT FROM MOOVR
You can only end the ride when the vehicle is parked properly. SCREENSHOT FROM MOOVR
Users have to take a photo of the parked vehicle at the end of the ride. SCREENSHOT FROM MOOVR

Helmets are not provided, but their usage is recommended. However, just because you have one doesn’t guarantee your safety. So be aware and defensive at all times when riding.

Follow traffic rules; use hand signals to communicate; and yield to pedestrians. Also, double-riding on the e-scooters is not allowed.

Ordinary bicycles are still available as a lower-cost alternative. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT
You'll see this sign at designated Moovr hubs. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

Take note that Moovr’s service area in BGC also covers McKinley Hill with hubs near Venice Grand Canal. It is also present in Alabang for a leisurely ride around Filinvest City Central Park.

You can download the app from App Store or Google Play.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.