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Usain Bolt-backed firm reveals two-seat electric Bolt Nano

Autocar Thursday, 16 May 2019
The Bolt Nano is intended for inner city journeys from two to 15 miles, and uses swappable batteries

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

Bolt initially launched a range of micro-scooters intended for trips up to two miles, but has now introduced a small vehicle to its range. The Bolt Nano vehicle addresses journeys between two and 15 miles.

The one-plus-one - a similar set-up to the Renault Twizy - is designed to fit through a doorway and has space for bags. 

Bolt claims the Bolt Nano, unveiled at the Viva Technology conference in Paris, is the only micro electric car in the world to use swappable batteries. Seat unveiled its Minimo quadricycle in March this year which also uses swappable batteries. However, this is not due to make production until 2021. By contrast, orders are now open for the Bolt Nano.

The Bolt Nano has been created for ride-sharing so you can use the car and park it whenever and wherever you want. It can then be docked at a station or users can come to swap batteries.

Bolt’s main announcement at Vivatech was plans 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 regulations.

Bolt was founded in 2018 and is based in Florida, USA. Its website states the firm was launched to “fill the gaps in micro mobility”.

“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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