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Commuting here in the Philippines is a struggle. If you’re traveling from Manila to Mandaluyong, you need to allot at least two hours just to make sure that you will arrive on time. That’s why some people are now opting to use scooters just to beat the traffic. It’s easier, convenient, and faster than other modes of transportation. But if you don’t have a scooter and you want to try using it, you may check out the pilot launching of GrabWheels here in the Philippines.

Starting Friday, March 29, Grab Philippines in partnership with Megaworld Corporation, will run an experimental pilot testing of GrabWheels, an electric scooter sharing platform, to provide a solution for personal mobility and promote an eco-friendly and sustainable way of getting around the city. 

Photo by Rey Ilagan

Just download the GrabWheels app in the Apple App Store or Google PlayStore and sign in using your Grab account. Enter your mobile number registered with Grab, input the OTP (one time password) sent to your mobile number, link your GrabPay Wallet (choose either a saved card or GrabPay Credits) to GrabWheels, and you’re good to go.

After setting up your account, go to the nearest GrabWheels scooter parking spot (locate through the map in app) and present your government-issued ID to the Station Manager. Scan the QR code on the right side of the scooter handlebar and do your battery and safety checks. If you’re done using it, return your scooter to the same parking spot and remember to retrieve your government-issued ID from the Station Manager.

As part of their beta launch, they are offering free rides for a limited time only. Maximum rental time is 2 hours, or when your scooter is low on battery (<15%).

GrabWheels is currently available at Uptown Bonifacio in BGC but they are planning to partner with local government units (LGUs) to extend the service in other township areas.

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