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E-scooter firm plans Irish enlargement in 2022

An Irish eScooter and eBike company, already launched in the UK and mainland Europe, plans to expand its operations even further this year.

Zipp Mobility, a Dublin start-up founded by Charlie Gleeson in 2019, is headquartered in NovaUCD, the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin (UCD).

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This month it announced a partnership with the multi-mobility app FREE NOW – which will allow passengers to book their eScooters and eBikes via the app from the end of this year.

The announcement follows Ireland’s recently announced Road Traffic & Roads Bill 2021, which will legalize the use of eScooters in public places across the country.

Recent research conducted by FREE NOW shows that 40 per cent of its passengers plan to use eScooters like Zipp for everyday transport when they become widespread in Irish cities this year.

A further three quarters of respondents believe Ireland needs more sustainable electric transport options, in line with other European countries.

Zipp has already launched in the UK and mainland Europe and plans to launch both eBikes and eScooters across Ireland in 2022 – along with the start of operations in Portugal and Spain.

Regarding their partnership with FREE NOW, Mr. Gleeson, Founder of Zipp Mobility said: “We are excited to join the group of operators able to offer their micro-mobility services on the FREE NOW platform.

“At Zipp, we understand that micro-mobility is not a magic bullet for decarbonizing transportation, so we need to partner with platforms like FREE NOW to offer our customers a full range of sustainable transportation options.

“This is the only way we can reduce our dependence on private cars in a meaningful way and achieve net zero emissions in traffic.”

He added: “This year we hope to launch our eScooters and eBikes in cities across Ireland including Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway and this partnership will be of great benefit to our users.

“Zipp was founded with Ireland in mind and we are thrilled to bring our ethos of ‘mobility done right’ to Irish cities in 2022.”

Zipp Mobility has partnered with multi-mobility app FREE NOW

Commenting on the partnership with Zipp, Niall Carson, Country Manager of FREE NOW Ireland said: “We are delighted to be working with Irish micro-mobility operator Zipp and to share common ambitions to improve the way people across Ireland interact with it on a daily basis change and ultimately improve transportation.

“It’s a really exciting time for the industry now that e-scooter legislation comes into force and we look forward to having eScooter available on our app in 2022.”

He added: “We understand that our customers want to make more sustainable choices and the ability to book an eScooter or EV taxi makes that easier.

“With FREE NOW, you can choose the best means of transport for you and your specific journey every day.

“Some longer journeys make more sense with a taxi, for others it’s faster with an eScooter or eBike! It’s about convenience and giving our customers choice.”

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