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Shar­ing provider Bolt tests Swobbee sta­tions in Berlin

Berlin-based Green­Tech start­up Swobbee and Eston­ian shar­ing provider Bolt announce the launch of their part­ner­ship. At the start of the coop­er­a­tion, Bolt is test­ing Swobbee’s inno­v­a­tive charg­ing and swap­ping solu­tions with its Berlin e‑scooter shar­ing fleet as part of a pilot project. Lat­er, the coop­er­a­tion is to be extend­ed to oth­er cities.

In Berlin, Bolt oper­ates a large fleet of e‑scooters. By using Swobbee sta­tions, the micro­mo­bil­i­ty provider no longer has to col­lect the emp­ty bat­ter­ies with vans and bring them to a ware­house for recharg­ing and back again, as before, but can now han­dle the charg­ing logis­tics with e‑cargobikes at decen­tral­ly locat­ed Swobbee sta­tions. There, the emp­ty bat­ter­ies can be exchanged for ful­ly charged ones in just a few sec­onds. The bat­tery swap sta­tions are locat­ed near Bolt’s Berlin e‑scooter hotspots. This saves a con­sid­er­able amount of time and fuel, which also makes the new charg­ing con­cept an active con­tri­bu­tion to improv­ing traf­fic flow as well as air qual­i­ty in Berlin.

Balthasar Sched­er, Bolt Ger­many’s coun­try man­ag­er for rental, says: “At Bolt, our mis­sion is to help cre­ate cities that are built for peo­ple, not cars. That includes mak­ing our oper­a­tions as envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly as pos­si­ble. By part­ner­ing with Swobbee, we’re able to use a decen­tral­ized net­work of charg­ing sta­tions where we can swap bat­ter­ies with e‑cargo bikes instead of vans, mak­ing our oper­a­tions more effi­cient and sus­tain­able. With scoot­ers in 59 cities across Ger­many, we hope to expand the part­ner­ship to more cities in the com­ing months.” 

Thomas Duscha, CEO of Swobbee, adds: ““We are pleased to announce our new part­ner­ship with Bolt, Europe’s largest micro­mo­bil­i­ty provider, with a first pilot project in Berlin. This part­ner­ship is anoth­er impor­tant step towards the decen­tral­iza­tion and decar­boniza­tion of micro­mo­bil­i­ty oper­a­tions, cre­at­ing green­er, more liv­able cities for all. We look for­ward to see­ing the results of the pilot and hope to expand the part­ner­ship to oth­er Ger­man and Euro­pean cities in the future.”