Lime competitor launches in Auckland

News 12/03/2019

Some serious scooter gang rivalry could be about hitting our streets soon.

After five months with Lime as top dog of Auckland's e-scooter scene, a new competitor has emerged.

Wave scooters were formally welcomed to the city with a powhiri in Māngere, and will be on Auckland streets from Wednesday.

Wave scooter prices match Lime, with a $1 upfront cost and a 30 cents per minute charge after that, founder Albert Hoeft told the New Zealand Herald.

Hoeft and Wave have a permit with Auckland Council to operate 1000 scooters in Auckland, and will have 285 live at launch on Wednesday.

The new scooters will be used to test slower speeds in congested areas, with a 15km/h limit on Queen Street, Wynyard Quarter and Viaduct Basin.

The speed limit will be kept in check thanks to GPS technology that restricts the scooters in certain areas.