Uber to bring electric bikes to Ireland and UK
Firm’s ultimate goal is ‘to help people replace their car with their phone’
Uber has advertised for a London manager for its electric bike arm, Jump. Photograph: Robert Alexander/Getty Images
Uber is preparing for the arrival of its hiring service for electric-assisted bikes in the UK and Ireland, according to a job listing on the company’s website.
The ride-hailing giant is searching for a general manager to work in London to “shape and lead” operations for Jump in Britain, a company it bought in April that enables people to rent an electric-assisted bicycle within Uber’s app.
The successful candidate will be responsible for hiring a team, navigating regulatory relationships and driving customer growth.
Similar listings have been added for the Netherlands, France, Spain and Portugal, as it looks to expand transportation services across the globe. “We hope to bring Jump to the UK in the future but have no immediate plans to do so,” an Uber spokesman said.
“Over time it’s our goal to help people replace their car with their phone by offering a range of mobility options – whether cars, bikes, or public transport – all in the Uber app.” Jump joins a fast-growing number of dockless bike hiring services in the UK, with Ofo, Mobike and more recently Lime, which introduced a fleet of electric-assisted bicycles to Milton Keynes last month.
The company has already expanded to 12 cities in the US since launching, with Los Angeles and Austin among those to include electric scooters. Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi has previously stated his intention to roll out Jump across Europe, after settling in Berlin over the summer, its first move into the Continent and first city outside the US.
“We want to be the Amazon of transportation,” Mr Khosrowshahi said at a TechCrunch Disrupt SF event in September. “And hopefully, 10 years from now, no one in the audience is going to own a car.” Jump uses a 250-watt electric motor in the front to help riders reach a maximum speed of 19mph. – PA