Sustainability of Electric Scooter Sharing Services

Henna Sundqvist-Andberg (Corresponding author), Heidi Auvinen, Anu Tuominen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientific


In recent years, a variety of new urban micro-mobility services, such as electric scooter sharing, has emerged. These new service business models are seen to contribute positively to the environment and to the society. The objective of this qualitative paper is to analyse, how electric scooter service models contribute to sustainability, and what kind of controversies or obstacles exist in sustainable value creation and capture. The analysis frame is based on sustainable business model archetypes. The data consists of semi-structured interviews and web pages of electric scooter operators. The preliminary results indicate that while the primary business models focus on delivering functionality over ownership, firms have developed and adopted several other sustainable business models (e.g. extending life-cycle of electric scooter fleets, offering second life solutions to consumers, closing the loops by recycling, using clean energy, and encouraging substitution) that contribute to the overall sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe ISPIM Innovation Conference
Subtitle of host publication Innovating in Times of Crisis
PublisherLappeenranta University of Technology
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-335-466-1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2020
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventXXXI ISPIM Innovation Conference - Online: Innovating in Times of Crises - Virtual, Germany
Duration: 7 Jun 202010 Jun 2020


ConferenceXXXI ISPIM Innovation Conference - Online
Abbreviated titleISPIM Virtual 2020
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