Shared micromobility operator Dott has launched over 250 brand new e-bikes in Hammersmith and Fulham today.
The e-bikes cost £0.17 per km and have a £1 unlock fee per journey (the same as its e-scooters).
Virtual marked bays have been provided so that users can finish a ride close to their destination.
To coincide with the launch, Dott is offering a free training session at the junction of King Street and Beavor Lane, W6 9QF, on Wednesday 23 March.
Fifteen e-bikes, which go at speeds of up to 25kph, will be available to try between 11am-3pm.
Special discounts, free trips and training sessions are to be offered to voluntary and community sector organisations as part of an agreement with Sobus, though the specific details of this arrangement are yet to be revealed.
Dott’s General Manager for UK and Ireland, Duncan Robertson, said: “This collaboration with the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham marks the start of our London service, with Dott’s e-bikes soon to be available further across the capital.”
Second warehouse opens in Brussels
Dott also announced today that it is expanding its operations in Brussels by opening a new warehouse to cater for an increased demand for its services.
The warehouse is located on Rue Plantin and will be used for operations support functions and fleet maintenance.
In 2021, the number of Dutch citizens using Dott’s vehicles more than doubled (176%) compared to 2020, with as many people now using its shared vehicles as taking taxi rides in the city.
More than 60% of rides take place using a pass, demonstrating that Dott’s fleet of e-bikes and e-scooters are being used for regular journeys.
Dott also said that citizens are hopping on its vehicles for an average trip distance of over 2km (2.02km), which shows they are being used for longer trips that would not typically be walked.
Since launching in the city in January 2019, 50% of the population has now ridden one of its vehicles, according to the operator.
To keep at pace with this flurry of demand, Dott has unveiled its next generation e-scooter.
This features front suspension, larger 11.5-inch wheels, an integrated phone holder with wireless charging, and enhanced location accuracy to improve control around parking and speed limits.
Marien Jomier, General Manager for Belgium at Dott, commented: “The opening of our new, expanded warehouse marks a new chapter for Dott in Brussels. Having doubled our usage last year, we have become a part of everyday life in the city, helping to keep people moving in a sustainable way. This new base for our operations will ensure we can continue to provide a safe and reliable service for increasing numbers of riders.”