The transport app Free Now has partnered with micromobility platform Zipp across Ireland.
Free Now has integrated Zipp Mobility’s e-scooter and e-bikes on its app, letting travellers book Zipp machines when the service is rolled out in 2022.
Zipp has already launched its e-scooters and e-bikes in the UK and mainland Europe, and plans to launch in Ireland this year.
Following the announcement of the Road Traffic and Roads Bill 2021, e-scooters will be legalised on public roads in Ireland, as demands for fast and sustainable transport options increase.
Free Now says that 40% of its passengers plan to use e-scooters for everyday transport once they are made available later this year.
Niall Carson, Country Manager of Free Now Ireland said, “We are delighted to partner with Irish micro-mobility operator Zipp and share common ambitions to change, and ultimately improve, the way people across Ireland approach daily transport. 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. Using Free Now allows you to choose the best means of transport for you and your specific journey on any given day. Some longer trips make more sense in a taxi and for others using an e-scooter or e-bike will be quicker! It’s all about convenience and giving our customers the choice.”
Free Now is a mobility app that offers ride hailing and a range of other transport options including e-bikes, e-mopeds and car-sharing.
Founder and CEO of Zipp, Charlie Gleeson, said: “We are thrilled to join the group of operators that are able to offer their micro-mobility services on the Free Now platform. At Zipp we understand that micromobility 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.”
He added: “This year we hope to launch our e-scooters and e-bikes in cities across Ireland including Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and this partnership will be a great asset to our users. Zipp was founded with Ireland in mind and we are so excited to bring our ethos of ‘mobility done right’ to Irish cities during 2022.”