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Uber to offer Jump e-bikes in New Zealand

Uber Technologies Inc.-owned bike-sharing startup Jump will start rolling out its electric bicycles, or e-bikes, in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2020.

The ride-hailing company said the move will help expand affordable and environment-friendly transit options in the city. It has secured a license from the Auckland Council to operate the service.

In addition to the e-bikes, Jump will also offer its second-generation electric scooter.

"For a long time the personal car has almost been seen as the only option for how we get around," Jump General Manager Henry Greenacre said. "But with advances in transport technology we have an opportunity to find better, more sustainable ways of getting around our cities."

Auckland residents will be able to request an e-bike or e-scooter in the Uber app from early 2020.

Uber acquired Jump in April 2018 for a reported $200 million. The bike-sharing company operates across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in London, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon and Paris.