The Finnish company Skand has produced e-scooters and light electric vehicles for Nordic customers since 2015. In its customer survey, the company found out how much mileage Skand's scooters gather annually.
64% of respondents said they use their scooter on a daily basis. A typical distance covered in a day was 10km, although many respondents also said they drive as much as over 50km per day.
The average distance by the respondents was 1,678km, but the median response was a more measured 500km.* Even when the total estimate is based on the median response, it would mean Skand's scooters travel a total of 2.5 million kilometres each year: this is the equivalent of more than 62 global circumferences.
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Skand sells both two-wheel scooters and, aimed at more senior customers, three- and four-wheel models.
“I believe that some consumers are looking for a vehicle that creates less emissions, whereas others are out for an economic option. A thing that's likely important also for our senior customers is ease of mobility and running errands", the company's CEO Miika Utoslahti estimates.
Utoslahti believes the market is now opportune for a player like Skand.
"The attention of the media and markets is focused on electric cars, but we believe that there's great potential also stirring in scooters and mopeds. Many people need a vehicle for short distances and light urban driving in their day-to-day life. For this, a car is an expensive and cumbersome choice, whereas a scooter is within a budget and also fits in that small parking space outside their residential building."
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"The electrification of traffic is a megatrend. It's been estimated that the global market for all electric vehicles would grow by more than 20% a year till 2027. We've gathered understanding of customer needs in Finland and Sweden. In March, we opened an EU-wide online store and are aiming for new countries", tells Utoslahti.
Skand's share issue reached its €300,000 minimum target just two days after starting its public phase and has already raised more than €624,000 in investments. The issue is closing on 23 March 2021 at 23:59 EET. There's still time to familiarize yourself with the company's investment materials on their pitch page.
Important notice: All investments carry a risk of losing capital. Of risks related to its business, Skand mentions in its pitch material for example risks in entering new countries and technological special developments. Invest responsibly and always familiarize yourself with the whole investment material before making an investment decision.
* Skand has sold approximately 5,000 light electric vehicles. In the phone survey, conducted in February 2021, a total of 287 customers answered the question about the distance driven. Based on their answers, an estimate has been calculated of the total distance covered by the company's vehicles.
This article is based on a press release published on 15 March 2021, available in Finnish on Invesdor's Cision page.