Zipp Mobility has been cleared by the DfT to partake in UK e-scooter trials as part of a strategy to explore greener and more socially-distanced methods of urban transport.
The Dublin-based micromobility start-up, founded as recently as 2019, provides dockless e-scooters and is headquartered at the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin.
The team’s mission is to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions by providing affordable micromobility alternatives that “enhance the quality of life of communities across the world”.
The Zipp e-scooter has been designed with safety in mind, including an aircraft-grade aluminium frame, a wide base, dual braking, 10-inch airless tyres, a swappable battery and a low centre of gravity. The scooters also have nano-septic handlebar wraps, which the startup says reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by 99.98%.
Zipp is currently engaging with a number of councils to secure e-scooter licences.
“Receiving approval from the DfT is a hugely encouraging affirmation of what we are striving for at Zipp,” said Charlie Gleeson, CEO, Zipp Mobility. “Not only does this confirm confidence in the safety of our e-scooter, but it also re-affirms that our bid for a more sustainable, responsible and transparent approach to the industry is one that is being readily welcomed by authorities.
“The DfT approval demonstrates our readiness to help local Governments respond to issues that have restrained the true potential of e-scooters as a means of future urban mobility.”