Tier Mobility, a leading e-scooter rental company, has acquired rival Spin from Ford.

Tier, a German-based firm, is Europe’s largest micromobility company, operating 250,000 vehicles in 410 cities. In the UK, Tier currently has government-backed escooter rental trials in London, York, and other locations. Spin operates in over 70 cities around the world, and has rental trials in Milton Keynes, Colchester, and other locations in Essex.

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Tier now has a network that covers more than 520 cities across 21 countries. It also has a fleet of over 300,000 vehicles. The deal was likely made possible by Spin’s strong presence in North America, where Tier had never operated before.

In 2016, Spin was established in San Franciso. Ford bought it two years later. It has been used by Ford to evaluate potential micromobility options, and other services that could be added to its main operations. The financial terms of the deal are not public.

Tier claims that it will integrate Spin innovations like pavement-riding detection technology, and sustainable charging infrastructure into their operations. As part of several upgrades, Tier plans to invest in the upgrade of its existing Spin e-scooter fleet using Tier’s swappable batteries.

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Ben Bear, CEO of Spin, stated that both Tie and Spin believe in a partnership-first approach. They work with employees and not contractors and help people get out of cars.

Franck Louis Victor, Ford’s vice president of new businesses, stated: “We believe there is an incredible synergies among Spin and Tier. This new era will provide the scale that’s desperately required in the competitive micro-mobility industry. We are happy to continue to be a Tier strategic investor and look forward to their continued growth.

Tier’s Spin acquisition is the third in recent years to buy up a competitor firm. It also recently purchased Italian bike-share firm Nextbike and acquired Wind Mobility in Italy.

Spin’s North American operations, which are still managed as an independent entity, will be continued by Spin. However, its UK business will eventually become part of Tier.