Micro-car is intended for inner-city journeys of up to 15 miles and uses swappable batteries

A firm named Bolt, aptly backed by runner extraordinaire Usain Bolt, has revealed a two-seat electric car, called the Bolt Nano, designed for short, inner-city journeys.

Bolt initially launched a range of micro-scooters intended for trips of up to two miles, but it has now introduced the car to its range. The Nano addresses journeys of between two and 15 miles, and the firm claims deliveries will begin in late 2020.

The one-plus-one – a similar set-up to the Renault Twizy – is designed to fit through a doorway and has space for bags. No technical details of the machine, such as the battery range or speed, have been released.

Bolt claims the Nano, unveiled at the Viva Technology conference in Paris, France, is the only electric micro-car in the world to use swappable batteries. Seat unveiled its Minimó quadricycle in March this year, which also uses swappable batteries. However, this isn't due to make production until 2021. By contrast, orders are now being taken for the Nano, with ride-sharing companies able to order them for $999 (£861). Prices will start from $9999 (£8660).

The Nano has been created for ride-sharing, so you can use the car and park it whenever and wherever you want. While many e-scooter systems rely on staff collecting them in vans and taking them to be charged, the intention is that the Bolt's swappable batteries cen be replaced by staff wherever they are parked. There will also be charging stations that users can dock the cars at.

Bolt says that firms running the Nano  can split revenue euqally with Bolt Mobility, with a per-minute hire price for users yet to be set. In the US, the firm charges 15 cents (13p) per minute to use its app-controlled scooters, in addition to a $1 (86p) usage fee.

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Bolt’s main announcement at Vivatech was a plan to expand its scooter service into Paris. It aims to spread to other European cities in near future, although the UK is unlikely due to regulatory issues.

The Bolt company was founded in 2018 and is based in Florida, US. Its website states it was launched to “fill the gaps in micro mobility”.

It adds: “Bolt has conducted extensive research within urban areas and is prepared to revolutionise transportation. We believe that we can provide a scooter that will aid in alleviating transit issues including traffic congestion with little to no impact on pedestrian comfort."

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16 May 2019

I've never been a fan of these tiny, electric microcars. They're almost all inteded for city use of a small mileage. In this case, "between two and 15 miles". In a city such as London, I struggle to see the point of buying one of these when you can cover the same distance with public transport in most likely less time and for a matter of pounds. 

 

Maybe I'm missing the point of these cars, but I really don't see a valid reason to buy one.

17 May 2019
Mogamary wrote:

I've never been a fan of these tiny, electric microcars. They're almost all inteded for city use of a small mileage. In this case, "between two and 15 miles". In a city such as London, I struggle to see the point of buying one of these when you can cover the same distance with public transport in most likely less time and for a matter of pounds. 

 

Maybe I'm missing the point of these cars, but I really don't see a valid reason to buy one.

It's saving the planet though!! Honest.

Sarcasm is difficult to achieve in a written post.

This particular aspect of e-mobility certainly has all the hallmarks of a fad.

 

As you say, NOBODY with any sense who lives in vicinity to the tube network travels more than a mile by road.

Inner city transportation is best done via mass transit - outside of China no government is willing to spend the money to implement the infrastructure.

Lacking infrastructure, which is the main cause of inner city NOx issues in the first place. But it's far easier to blame motorists (you can tax them after all).

16 May 2019

We have seen the Swedish Uniti, which is planned for production in the UK sometime in the near future, and we have seen the Swiss Microlino, which basically constitutes a rebirth of the old Isetta. Seat made a Twizy lookalike. Can we expect more to follow?

16 May 2019

We have seen the Swedish Uniti, which is planned for production in the UK sometime in the near future, and we have seen the Swiss Microlino, which basically constitutes a rebirth of the old Isetta. Seat made a Twizy lookalike. Can we expect more to follow?

16 May 2019

Irony? 

The part-Owner of the company can actually run faster and further than the motor will go. Classic 

16 May 2019

 Saving Tax.....?

17 May 2019

do you know what saving tax means peter? obviously you dont. go on google and search it up, then you will know what it means. there is such a thing

17 May 2019
The fastest man of all time backing the slowest piece of crap ever made.

289

17 May 2019

Hilarious!

17 May 2019

fit inside it?

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