On the back of its whopping €628 million funding round in January this year, Estonia’s Bolt has now launched its fifth-generation scooter - the Bolt 5. The company plans to deploy over 20,000 units of the new scooter across Europe throughout 2022.
Apart from its ride-hailing service, the company is now operating the electric scooter service in over 170 cities across Europe.
Talking about how Bolt 5 will contribute to the company’s mission of helping cities replace private cars with shared mobility options, Dmitri Pivovarov, VP (rentals), Bolt said: “Bolt and cities are partners. We have the same goals. We’re looking to provide vehicles and solutions that can be used together with public transport infrastructure. Bolt 5 is a solution for people who want to move away from private car ownership.”
With safety as its top priority, the new model features curved handlebars and a wider floorboard offering better grip and easy maneuvering. According to the company, Bolt 5 is made of 100% recyclable aluminum, and its expected lifecycle is up to 60 months.
Another addition for Bolt’s latest generation of electric scooter is a high-capacity swappable battery (48V instead of the industry standard 36V), which translates into an increased range of up to 55 kilometres. This means the Bolt 5 is more sustainable and will be more readily available for users due to less battery swaps. It also means there are fewer operations needed for battery charging, which makes for a smaller overall carbon footprint.