A prototype electric scooter from an Irish company will be trialled in the UK
An IRISH electric scooter start-up has been given the go-ahead for trials in the UK.
Dublin-based Zipp Mobility said its model electric scooters had been approved by the Department of Transport for trials in the UK.
The UK government recently announced plans to accelerate a trial of the electric scooter rental scheme as part of its urban strategy to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic by exploring less congested and green modes of transport.
Now, in collaboration with scooter companies such as Zipp Mobility, electric scooter-sharing schemes are being allowed in all UK regions.
The Irish company, founded in 2019 by 24-year-old Charlie Gleeson, is working with councils to obtain electric scooter licences to provide sustainable micro-mobility solutions to UK commuters.
Mr. Gleason, CHIEF Executive officer of Zipp Mobility, said, "Obtaining DfT approval is a great encouragement to the goals we are pursuing at Zipp."
"This not only confirms our confidence in the safety of electric scooters, but also reaffirms that our bid to find a more sustainable, responsible and transparent approach to the industry has been welcomed by the authorities," he added.
"The DfT's approval demonstrates our willingness to help local authorities address issues that limit the real potential of electric scooters as a means of urban mobility in the future."
Zipp Mobility's electric scooter model, based at UCD's NovaUCD Centre for New Businesses and Entrepreneurs, is designed for safety-with an aircraft-class aluminium frame, 10in airless tyres and replaceable batteries, double braking, a wider base and a lower centre of gravity.
Scooters are also equipped with nano-anti-corrosion handlebars that reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by 99.98 per cent.
Will O'Brien, Head of Growth and Government affairs for Zipp Mobility, added: "The DfT's endorsement of our scooter takes us one step closer to delivering a world-class scooter sharing service to UK cities.
"Because of the impact of COVID-19 on public transport, cities now need to share scooters more than ever."
"After years of development in terms of encouraging alternative modes of transportation, we can't bring people back to the automobile," he explained.
"If cities really want to meet their carbon targets in the post-Kovich era, then they must consider socially detached forms of transport, such as electric scooters, as part of their urban transport strategy."
In June, Zipp Mobility completed a €300,000 seed round led by London-based venture capitalists and private angel investors, and expanded its team into the UK market for electric scooters.