Charlie Gleeson, Zipp Mobility, and Niall Carson, Free Now Ireland

Free Now, Zipp mobility gear up for Irish roll out

E-bikes, e-scooters to be made available through ride hailing app
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Charlie Gleeson, Zipp Mobility, and Niall Carson, Free Now Ireland

6 January 2022

E-scooters and e-bikes from Zipp Mobility will be made available to rent through ride hailing app Free Now this year.

The announcement comes off the back of the recently announced Road Traffic & Roads Bill 2021 which will legalise eScooter use in public places as public demand grows for flexible and sustainable transport options.

Research conducted by Free Now found that 40% of its passengers plan to use e-scooters for everyday transport and three quarters think Ireland needs more sustainable, electric transport options in line with other European countries.

 

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Already operating in the UK and mainland Europe, Zipp Mobility plans to launch both e-bikes and e-scooters across Ireland in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Galway this year along with beginning operations in Portugal and Spain.

Niall Carson, general manager of Free Now Ireland, said: “It’s a really exciting time for the industry now that legislation on e-scooters is in motion and we look forward to having e-scooters available on our app in 2022. We understand that our customers want to make more sustainable choices and having the option to book an e-scooter or EV taxi facilitates this.”

Charlie Gleeson, founder and CEO of Zipp Mobility, said: “At Zipp we understand that micro-mobility is not a ‘silver bullet’ solution to decarbonising transport so we must collaborate with platforms like Free Now to give our customers a full spectrum of sustainable transport options. This is the only way we can meaningfully reduce our reliance on the private car and get to net-zero emissions in transport.”

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