Zipp partners with Free Now to put wheels in motion ahead of Irish launchBlathnaid O’Deaon January 5, 2022 at 13:37 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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Irish micromobility start-up Zipp Mobility has said it will team up with Free Now to allow the transport app’s users to book its e-scooters and e-bikes.

The partnership will set the wheels in motion for Zipp’s Irish roll-out this year. The announcement comes off the back of the recently announced ‘Road Traffic & Roads Bill 2021’ which will legalise e-scooter use in public places in Ireland.

Zipp is headquartered at Dublin’s NovaUCD, where it has been collaborating with researchers from the institute to find ways to make e-scooters safer for the public.

According to Zipp’s founder Charlie Gleeson, the company was “founded with Ireland in mind,” and it will be launching its services in cities across the country, including Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick. Lat year, it raised €1.3m to go towards its launch in Ireland.

Gleeson said that the integration of Zipp’s services with Free Now’s app would be a “great asset” to its e-bike and e-scooter users. Zipp is already active in the UK and mainland Europe. It plans to launch in Portugal and Spain as well as Ireland this year.

Both Gleeson and Free Now Ireland’s general manager Niall Carson were keen to point out the sustainability benefits of e-scooters and e-bikes.

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,” Gleeson said.

Carson said Free Now and micromobility operators shared “common ambitions to change, and ultimately improve, the way people across Ireland approach daily transport.”

Last year, Free Now made similar deals with Zipp’s competitors in the micromobility space, Dott and Tier Mobility.

“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… It’s all about convenience and giving our customers the choice,” Carson concluded.

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