A taxi app will allow customers to book e-bikes in Dublin as part of an innovative pilot scheme that will help tackle climate change.
The new partnership between Free Now and e-bike sharing company Tier will kick off later this week.
The initial rollout will cover Blanchardstown, Swords, Malahide, Baldoyle, Portmarnock and Howth, with 100 battery-assisted Tier e-bikes available for hire.
Over the next few months, additional deployments will take place in Fingal County, bringing the total number of e-bikes to 400.
Ireland Country Manager for Tier Peadar Golden, said: “Our Tier e-bikes are a great sustainable and active way for people to take trips across County Fingal.
“Our mission is to change mobility for good, and by giving people easy access to ways to get around that aren’t dependent on a private car, whether that’s e-bikes, e-scooters or taxis, we can play a role in making our cities healthier and more livable.
The partnership follows a successful electric scooter trial across five DCU campuses, which began in 2021.
This introduction mirrors other services provided by Free Now across Europe, where passengers can book e-scooters, e-bikes, e-mopeds, taxis and carpooling with a single app.
The project aims to help Fingal County Council achieve its goal of making active travel the first choice for journeys under 5km.
The facilitation of e-bikes in Ireland falls in the shadow of the 2021 climate targets which commit Ireland to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a 51% reduction in emissions in just eight years .
The climate action plan also emphasizes renewable energy generation capacity, which will increase the country’s electricity storage.
“By 2030, up to 80% of electricity will be generated from renewable energy,” the plan says.
Electric vehicles will then play an important role in achieving these goals if they are successfully adopted by the public.
Free Now, backed by BMW and Mercedes-Benz, describes itself as a super mobility app with 56 million users in 170 cities offering a choice of taxis, private vehicle hire, car sharing or micromobility like electric scooters and bicycles.
Berlin-based Tier Mobility claims to be the world’s leading provider of shared micro-mobility, operating in more than 240 cities in 22 countries across Europe and the Middle East.