Bolt set to deploy 16,000 e-bikes across Europe over next six months

Bolt has announced the latest expansion of its micromobility services, with 16,000 new e-bikes set to be deployed over the next six months across more than 30 European cities.

The company, which has already launched e-bikes in Madrid, Stockholm, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Oslo and Krakow in 2022, announced this latest round of e-bike expansion ahead of World Bicycle Day, which took place last week on 3rd June.

Bolt is now operating scooter and e-bike fleets in 200 cities across Europe, up from 170 cities at the beginning of the year.

Bolt e-bikes have been designed with a focus on safety, with solid rear and front wheel drum brakes to help control the speed efficiently and puncture-proof pneumatic tyres. The e-bikes can reach speeds of up to 25 km/h, but the top speed will be limited to comply with regulations in different cities.

The e-bike is also equipped with a functional dashboard providing riders with information about speed, battery level and speed zones.

Bolt has also launched the in-app cognitive reaction test which aims to prevent users from riding an e-bike or scooter while intoxicated. Other features on the e-bikes include a wireless phone charger located on the handlebar and high-precision GPS.

Dmitri Pivovarov, VP for rentals at Bolt, said: “We see scooters and e-bikes as the future of mobility in cities. Micromobility creates a positive impact on people and cities. Riders can beat the traffic and move around quickly and efficiently.

“Cities benefit from better air quality and less congestion. That’s why we’re proud to announce the expansion of our e-bikes and the growth of our micromobility offering to 200+ cities across Europe as we continue to offer more sustainable alternatives to private car ownership.”

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The new e-bike model introduced by Bolt has a long lifespan of up to five years and is produced from 100% recyclable aluminium. It also has a swappable battery making it easier to charge translating into a lower carbon footprint, since the e-bikes do not need to be frequently transported to a warehouse for charging. The high capacity battery additionally offers a range of up to 90 km per charge.

Pivovarov added: “Our e-bikes and scooters are designed for safety, robustness and ride quality. We see more and more people adopting shared micromobility for their daily commute.”

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