Bird is scrapping thousands of electric scooters in the Middle East

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Bird is destroying between 8,000 and 10,000 e-scooters in the Middle East, sources say.

Between 8,000 and 10,000 e-scooters are being destroyed in the Middle East by California scooter sharing start-up Bird, according to sources.Bird shut down its entire Middle East operation as a result of Covid-19.Bird is scrapping thousands of e-scooters in the Middle East and shutting down its operations in the majority of the region as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to five people familiar with the matter.

Bird is paying around $300,000 to have all of Circ's scooters in the Middle East scrapped, the former employee told CNBC. "Following extreme wear and tear, the Circ vehicles no longer met our rigorous quality standards. Selling or re-use of these vehicles would potentially result in safety and reliability issues, which would not have been fair or ethical to the purchasers or potential riders. We look forward to resuming our service throughout more parts of the region later this year."of its workforce on a Zoom call, or 406 people out of 1,387 employees prior to the layoffs.

"They hung around after acquiring Circ and said they were backing us because we had 10% market share out here and we were in a very good position. Obviously Covid came in and they decided they didn't want to do it anymore. We were expecting pay cuts because it was a bad time with obviously no operation but then they turned around and made everyone redundant.

 

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