Bolt e-scooter operations to be climate positive by the end of 2020

Posted: 18 September 2020 | | No comments yet

Bolt’s custom-made scooters offer an up to five-year lifespan, are 100 per cent recyclable, and aim to soon be carbon negative.


Bolt is committing to becoming carbon negative in its e-scooter operations by the end of 2020.

By moving to becoming climate positive, Bolt will remove more carbon from the atmosphere than the production and maintenance of its e-scooters adds to it.

Bolt will apply its PHV carbon offsetting programme to micro-mobility by the end of 2020; adding specific catalyst projects and partners globally that help it remove additional CO2 from the atmosphere. Potential projects include supporting reforestation as well as solar and wind power production.

In addition, Bolt is committing to a sustainable development chain, an ongoing review of its supply chain to ensure optimum efficiency. This will be achieved by switching to renewable energy sources where possible and relevant data sharing with the cities in which it operates to help the shift toward greener and more holistic urban transportation.

Bolt currently operates PHVs in 35 territories and e-scooters in 14 countries worldwide, with an ambition to reach 45 cities by the end of the year.

In cities where both PHVs and e-scooters are in operation, Bolt incentivises app users to switch to micro-mobility with an in-app recommendation function and e-scooter passes.

Bolt’s custom-made scooters are produced in-house, designed to be lightweight and highly recyclable with a lifespan of up to five years. Manufactured in accordance with ISO and other relevant standards, they are 100 per cent recyclable. In each operating territory, Bolt uses local partners and mechanics for recycling, repair and maintenance and pledges to ensure a sustainable development chain; reducing waste and having the lowest total cost of producing and maintaining e-scooters in the industry.

Martin Villig, Co-Founder and VP of Sustainability at Bolt, commented: “Micro-mobility offers a unique and sustainable mobility solution for cities and individuals looking to offset their carbon footprint and make transport choices that are greener.”