TIER Mobility buys Ford-owned Spin to expand into US

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TIER Mobility, Europe’s micromobility provider, has announced it has acquired Ford-owned shared electric bike and scooter operator, Spin, marking TIER’s entry into North America.

Following the recent acquisition of European bikeshare player nextbike, TIER is already operating in over 410 cities with a fleet of 250,000 vehicles. With the purchase of Spin and its 50,000 vehicles, TIER will expand its global footprint to more than 520 cities and communities in 21 countries and its fleet to 300,000 vehicles.

Spin has strong city partnerships in North America, a history of city-focused innovation like sidewalk riding detection technology and a focus on building successful charging infrastructure. TIER also claims to have industry-leading safety features and innovations including the TIER Energy Network and swappable battery technology.

TIER claims that it will continue to pioneer the development of new standards and to build trust in e-scooters and e-bikes among communities and cities by enabling technology that creates a safer experience for riders, pedestrians and all other road users on both sides of the Atlantic. Investing in and modernizing the Spin fleet with 100% swappable batteries will be one of many upcoming projects to achieve environmental sustainability and efficiency in the North American micromobility industry.

Says Lawrence Leuschner, CEO and co-founder of TIER Mobility:

“TIER’s acquisition of Spin and our entry into the North American market are huge milestones in our mission to Change Mobility for Good. We are excited to support citizens in cities and communities across North America to make the switch from cars to more sustainable urban mobility solutions – a switch that is urgently needed to decarbonize towns and cities across the world. We look forward to delivering this together with Spin who share our values of responsible partnership and sustainable vision.”

Adds Ben Bear, CEO of Spin:

“TIER and Spin share the same foundational view of how to deliver world-class micromobility services to cities and riders. Both companies believe in a partnership-first approach, operating with employees rather than contractors, and helping get people out of cars by offering sustainable, equitable, and safe micromobility services. We couldn’t be more excited to continue scaling the Spin movement in North America as part of the TIER family. Together we will be the number one  choice of cities and riders globally.”

The purchase of Spin is the latest significant move for TIER, following the recent acquisitions of the Italian market leader Wind Mobility, and of Europe’s top bikeshare player nextbike in 2021. In October 2021, TIER announced the first close of its $200 million Series D funding round. To date, TIER has raised a total of $660 million in equity and debt.

Chris Price
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