After Wild West start, scooter providers chase scale to survive

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By Nick Carey and Carolyn Cohn LONDON (Reuters) – The era of breakneck growth for electric scooter firms is giving way to more selective expansion focused on profits as they face tougher regulations, more demanding customers and wary insurers. Hurt badly by global coronavirus lockdowns last year, companies offering by-the-minute rental of e-scooters say ridership is soaring to pre-COVID 19 levels among urban consumers eager to avoid public transport or taxis. But that doesn’t mean the app-based industry is returning to the free-wheeling, pre-pandemic world where “micromobility” firms were loos…

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