Bolt CEO Bart Jacobsz Rosier, whose Netherlands-based company was developed to accelerate the transition towards sustainable energy and transport, envisages a green vehicle revolution on the day dubbed “World Car Free Day”.
Celebrated on September 22, World Car Free Day encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day. It has been running for a number of years and has grown in status in the last decade. Organised events are held in some cities and countries to celebrate awareness.
“A future without cars might be hard to imagine. However, cars, as we currently know them, won’t be around for much longer. More and more cities around the world have to resort to banning cars from their city centers in order to deal with drastically increasing congestion. Of the cars that will be built in the next 10 years, 90% will be self-driving, most will be fully electric and you will see an increased diversity in form factors to better match trips with the needed capacity,” says Rosier.
“The latter is enabled through the increase in shared ownership. So more smaller vehicles and vehicles dedicated for urban areas will have to be developed. However, this will greatly increase the total resource efficiency of the overall transportation fleet.”
Rosier, with business partner, engineer Marijn Flipse , set up Bolt Mobility started in 2014. Through Bolt’s AppScooter, a completely electric plug-in scooter, the pair set out to create a safe, scalable and environmentally friendly alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles.
The web-enabled AppScooter will be able to travel 400km on a single charge while its intelligent connected software enjoys full app integration including satellite navigation.
Rosier said World Car Free Day is a “good initiative” that creates “awareness around resource efficiency in transport.” But he adds that it “overlooks the simple fact that many petrol scooters are thousands of times more polluting than a small van. Even the very newest models still pollute 15x more than a car.”
He adds, “In order to address the huge issue of climate change, primarily caused by vehicle pollution, we need to look past just the damage caused by cars and extend this to all petrol vehicles. The time is here to be able to address these problems through innovation and awareness will help us and other startups trying to help accelerate this much needed transition towards a more resource efficient future.”