European e-scooter firm Bolt has joined the race to roll e-scooters onto Irish streets with plans to bring 10,000 scooters to Irish cities and towns.

More than 130 jobs are expected to be created on the back of the successful roll-out of e-scooters by fast-growing European player Bolt in Irish cities and towns.

Mobility player Bolt already serves 50m customers in 40 countries across various scooter, taxi-hailing, car and e-bike services.

“Integration with the wider public transport system would only increase the value add to the public who can mix between cars, micromobility, rail and bus in one app”

Following the successful launch of its taxi-hailing service in Dublin, Bolt is excited to create Ireland’s first multi-modal transport platform, where the public can choose between a car, e-scooter or even an e-bike.

Integrated transport future

Bolt cars, scooters and e-bikes.

Bolt is ready to provide 10,000 of its proprietary, 4th generation, sustainable e-scooters to Irish towns and cities. Projections based on Bolt’s European markets, over 130 jobs are expected to be created on the successful roll-out of e-scooters in Irish cities. These local operation roles would manage the charging, maintenance and distribution of the e-scooters. 

The Bolt Four scooter, unveiled in December 2020, has a maximum speed of 25 km/h, a 40 km battery range, is weather-resistant to the IP67 standard and has a 5 year life-span. It is designed and manufactured wholly by Bolt and is the safest model in the industry, with a lower and wider foot-deck to provide an optimal centre of gravity, in-built audio guidance, dual mechanical and electronic brakes and sensors to detect and automatically report accidents or falls.

“Our data from similar sized cities shows that offering micromobility services like scooters alongside ride-hailing can replace up to 11pc of car trips under 3km,” explained Bolt’s country manager for Ireland Luke Mackey.

“Integration with the wider public transport system would only increase the value add to the public who can mix between cars, micromobility, rail and bus in one app.”

Mackey added: “In the future, journeys can begin from the multi-modal Bolt app. Some trips make more sense on an e-scooter, some in a taxi. Bolt can combine them all, and you don’t have to use multiple apps for each service and type of vehicle. Once a person enters their destination in our app, we’ll recommend different ways to get there based on time, price or weather.”

The Irish public can already order taxis via the Bolt app on iOS and Android, with options including Bolt Shield, where the car has a protective shield, and Bolt Green, for a hybrid or electric taxi.

In Ireland, 33pc of cars on the Bolt platform are hybrid or electric, and over 65pc have protective shields between drivers and passengers, with these numbers expected to rise, the company says. All Bolt trips in Europe are 100pc carbon-neutral, as part of Bolt’s Green Plan, a long-term commitment to minimise the ecological footprint of the company.

Ireland’s mobility revolution rolls into view

The use of e-scooters and e-bikes in Ireland is set to be legalised in the coming months, now that the Government has approved the drafting of legislation.

This is ushering in a raft of new players offering various solutions and services. As well as Bolt, new players that will soon become commonplace on the streets of Irish towns including German player Wind Mobility which launched its Irish operation in recent weeks, Dutch player Dott which plans to deploy scooters in Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Galway, Irish company Zipp Mobility which has already successfully deployed scooters in the UK and European player Zeus Scooters led by Irish entrepreneur Damian Young that has also launched successfully across Germany.

In recent months Dublin e-bike player Moby, led by entrepreneur Thomas O’Connell, raised around €800,000 via an oversubscribed crowdfunding campaign, more than double its original target, in less than 30 days.

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 3 March 2021

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