Uber eyes European launch of electric bike sharing service

Uber JumpUber has plans to roll out its on-demand electric bike service to Europe, starting with Germany, as it looks to provide more environmentally-friendly alternatives to its ride hailing service.

Uber has said it is looking to launch its Jump bike rental service in Berlin before the end of the summer, before rolling out the service to other European cities in the future, Bloomberg reports.

The ride hailing giant agreed to acquire Jump Bikes for over $100m in cash and stock back in April of this year. This followed the two companies agreeing a partnership months earlier, where Uber would begin trialling a bike sharing service in San Francisco via its app using Jump’s bikes.

Now, Uber offers Jump bike rides in Washington DC, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, and soon Providence. In these locations, customers can take 30-minute trips for $2-a-ride on the electrically-assisted bikes.

Uber also has plans to bring its UberGreen service of electric car rides to the German capital at some point this year.