Zipp expands scooter roll-out in UK

Fresh from acquisition by ZEUS, Zipp Mobility is already one of the largest and most experienced e-scooter operators in the UK.

NovaUCD-headquartered Zipp Mobility has expanded its UK footprint with an e-scooter trial in Barnstable, Devon.

This brings to six the number of markets in the UK that Zipp Mobilty is active in.

“We’re thrilled to bring our range of top-quality e-scooters to even more people in the UK following ZEUS’s acquisition of Zipp Mobility”

Zipp is partnering with North Devon County Council for a new e-scooter trial that will go live 17 May.

This will be the first of several upcoming launches by the company since its recent acquisition by Irish mobility player ZEUS.

Safety first

At the core of the Barnstaple trial is safety, both for the e-scooter riders themselves and other road users and pedestrians.

Zipp Mobility has already led several informal discussions with local councillors and other stakeholders, in particular representatives of disability organisations, to understand their concerns and address these in the design of the trial.

“We’re thrilled to bring our range of top-quality e-scooters to even more people in the UK following ZEUS’ acquisition of Zipp Mobility,” said Charlie Gleeson, founder and CEO of Zipp Mobility.

“This expansion is a testament to our commitment to providing reliable, eco-friendly transportation options that improve people’s lives. We can’t wait to see the positive impact that our e-scooters will have on the local community in Barnstaple, and we’re excited to be a bigger part of the UK’s transition towards more sustainable mobility solutions.”

The UK Department for Transport has made e-scooters legal to use on road, cycle lanes and cycle paths only. Zipp e-scooters will operate 24 hours, seven days a week. It will cost £1 to unlock the e-scooter and 20 pence per minute thereafter.

In order to ride an e-scooter, a user must be at least 16 years old and hold at least a provisional driving license. The Zipp e-scooters will be using geofencing technology to prevent riders from going into wholly pedestrian areas or onto major roads. The maximum speed limit is 15.5 mph.

Charlie Gleeson, founder and Chief Executive, Zipp Mobility said, “Our emphasis will be on safety both for e-scooter users and the general public. We really hope that people will see the advantage of getting around town in a cleaner, greener way while being aware of and considerate to other road users and pedestrians. I believe this climate-conscious, community-spirited attitude will be the key to the trial’s success.”

Main image: Charlie Gleeson, founder and CEO of Zipp Mobility, with Ronan Garvey, chief product officer, ZEUS

John Kennedy
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