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ESB Announces eBike Pilot Project for Dublin Commuter Hubs

• Initiative will see 112 eBikes available at 14 stations across Dublin for public use 
• Ten-month pilot project is part of ESB’s commitment to electrification of transport targets 

17 August 2022
ESB today launched its eBike pilot project across several Dublin commuter suburbs in conjunction with two of Ireland’s leading micro-mobility providers, Bleeper and Moby, research partner Trinity College Dublin, innovation partner Dogpatch Labs and co-funding partner Interreg North-West Europe. 

The pilot programme, ESB eBikes, will run from today Wednesday 17 August for a ten-month period and includes 112 bikes with 14 charging stations in some of Dublin’s busiest commuter locations across South County Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Finglas and Fingal.  

Bleeper and Moby will maintain and operate the eBikes with the charging infrastructure provided by ESB. Bleeper’s ESB eBikes scheme is available from today and is accessible via the Bleeper app. The Moby scheme, which will be operational over the coming weeks, will be accessible via the ESB eBikes app. 

The daily cost of hire has been subsidised by ESB, starting from just €5 per day in addition to a €30 monthly subscription, to ensure the initiative is accessible to all. 

Speaking at the launch of the ESB eBikes pilot project, Marguerite Sayers, Executive Director, Strategy, Innovation and Transformation at ESB, said: “A number of years ago, ESB established the X-Potential Incubator programme to develop innovative, sustainable and commercially viable business ideas.   We are very proud today to unveil one such idea - our eBike pilot - which is a new concept in Ireland and was conceived and developed by X-Potential.   Investing in low-carbon, sustainable mobility infrastructure for Ireland is a reflection of our commitment to leading the transition to a net zero energy future.  With this project, we are delighted to be part of the broader Interreg North-West Europe eHUBS programme and that Dublin will now join other member cities, such as Amsterdam and Manchester.”  

The eHUBS programme provides funding for on-street e-bikes, e-cargo bikes, e-scooters and e-cars with the aim of developing a blueprint for replication in other cities and regions to reduce air pollution, congestion and CO2 emissions while developing a market for commercial shared e-mobility providers aligned with local policy. With the launch of its eBike project, ESB is now a proud partner of the eHUBS programme and will co-operate with other consortium partners for the duration of the pilot to help further develop low-emission shared transport solutions throughout Ireland and Europe.  

As strategic research partner to the project, Trinity College Dublin will analyse commuter behaviour in relation to e-mobility transference from private cars to a shared low-carbon travel solution and will identify key mobility patterns, calculate carbon savings, and evaluate commercial potential based on data collected from ESB eBikes. 

For more information, visit www.esb.ie/ebikes

Images attached (hi-res available on request), Credit: ESB/Johnny Savage 

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Notes to Editor : 

Locations: 
Site 1  Harbour Road, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin  

Site 2  Three Rock Road, Sandyford, Dublin, D18  

Site 3  Harbour Road, Howth, Dublin, D13   

Site 4  Main Street, Swords, County Dublin    

Site 5  Mellowes Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11   

Site 6  Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport, Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9   

Site 7  Crowne Plaza Dublin – Blanchardstown Town Centre, Dublin 15   

Site 8  Maldron Hotel, Naas Road, Newlands Cross, Dublin, D22   

Site 9  Malahide Road, Malahide, Dublin  

Site 10  Old Bawn Road, Tallaght, Dublin, D24  

Site 11  Saint Loman’s Road, Yellow Walls, County Dublin  

Site 12  St. Peter’s Road, Walkinstown, Dublin, D12  

Site 13  Park West Business Campus, Cherry Orchard, Dublin, D12  

Site 14  Firhouse Road, Tallaght, County Dublin, D24  

• Interreg North-West Europe (www.nweurope.eu) fosters transnational cooperation to make North-western Europe a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability, and cohesion. 
• Bleeper and once fully operational, Moby, will maintain and operate the 112 eBikes and ESB will provide 14 E-Hub charging points, each with charging stations for eight eBikes throughout the suburbs of the city. 
• The eBike service is available on the Bleeper mobile application and will soon be accessible via the ESB eBikes app (run by Moby), depending on the location.
• ESB has partnered with Trinity College Dublin to ensure that lessons from the project are available to all future sustainable mobility projects. Based on data collected from ESB eBikes, TCD will publish academic papers detailing the scheme’s carbon savings along with its key learnings.