In Catalonia, 119 companies working in the micromobility sector showed a collective turnover of over 255 million euros in 2022. Furthermore, this year, Catalan micromobility sector companies have received 222 million euros in investment, carried out 21 investment projects, and created 372 jobs.
Regarding where the companies are operating within Catalonia, the report highlights the significant percentage of companies established in the province of Barcelona, representing 88% of the total.
Micromobility, a strategic priority for urban development
The micromobility industry is essential for reducing the environmental impact of urban transport in the cities. The European Union is promoting the growth of this sector through aid and funding platforms such as Next Generation funds, the Horizon Europe program, and the EIT Urban Mobility initiative. The industry comprises lightweight and sustainable means of transport with either low-power electric motors or none at all.
Catalonia covers the entire range of the micromobility industry
Almost 40% of these 119 Catalan companies manufacture vehicles considered micromobility, such as bicycles and tricycles (manual and electric), electric motorcycles, scooters, or skateboards.
Catalan companies not only manufacture vehicles but also provide vehicle rental services (29%), develop shared mobility services (12%), manufacture components and chargers (9%), develop apps (7%), and offer engineering services (5%).
Barcelona is a testing ground for the future
The Barcelona City Council estimates that by 2024 the use of micromobility vehicles in the city will increase by some 31%, compared with an increase of just 0.5% in private vehicles and 2.2% in public transport.
Given the importance of micromobility to reduce the ecological footprint in urban and interurban areas, the Barcelona City Council is also allowing specific areas of the city to be testing areas for companies undergoing and researching innovative transport solutions, as well as offering technical assessment and resources such as sensors, systems, and databases.