MOBY is an innovative Irish start-up company focused on developing and bringing to market a range of electric mobility solutions for cities and individuals. Established by Thomas O’Connell, former Founder and CEO of Yvolution, and supported by Enterprise Ireland through the High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Companies initiative, MOBY aims to capitalise on the growth and potential of the electric rideables market.
MOBY MOVE is our dockless electric bike share scheme, licenced to operate in Dublin City. The platform use an app and advanced IOT rental platform with high spec fully electric bikes, which customers scan with their phone to unlock and ride. Following a successful trial launch this Spring in DCU, bikes are now deployed around the city and available to rent.
“Electric bike-sharing operator in Dublin, MobyMove have offered their bicycles for free to health workers”
BreakingNews.ie – March 2020
MOBY responded to the COVID-19 crisis by providing 70 e-bikes free of charge for use by healthcare staff in Dublin. The company has now delayed its full roll out in and responded to the COVID-19 crisis by providing a fleet of electric bikes for use by health care staff. At a time when staff parking is under pressure and there is a preference among healthcare for a way to work other than public transport. The fully electric, long range bike can shorten commute time for staff living locally and is both easy to ride and a sustainable alternative for staff in this time of need.
Commenting, Thomas O’Connell, Founder and CEO of MOBY said:
“COVID-19 represents an unprecedented challenge for cities and communities around the world. We must prioritise the needs our healthcare workers and systems first. We felt compelled offer our electric bikes for use free of charge to health care staff in Dublin, so that it may help alleviate transport concerns or simply help them get to work quicker, easier and safer than they might otherwise at this critical time. We had hoped to begin the roll out of first 120 bikes in the city centre this month, these plans are now pushed out so we can first try use our fleet to help support the fight against COVID-19”
ABOUT MOBY BIKES
MOBY last year secured a licence from Dublin City Council to operate dockless bike sharing tin the city and plans to launch up to 1,000 electric bikes in the capital. Users register via an app and scan the QR code on the bike with their phone to rent. Having successfully trailed in DCU last month, the company now expects to soft launch with 120 bikes, first with a hubs in Phoenix Park & Heuston Station and scale up over the year in line with demand and an expected fund raising. MOBY expects to launch into other cities and enter public, private partnerships with hopes for a fleet of up to 5,000 electric bikes nationally by 2023.
MOBY share their bike with a European operator which has successfully launched in 6 cities and had over 1 million bike rides in 2019. The bikes have over 100km battery range, which the rider can help regenerate and see their contribution in the app. Heavy duty with disk braking, comfort saddle and practical bag carrier means the bike is a real transport alternative for city centre journeys.
Download the MOBY app and register, scan the QR code, squeeze the brake leaver twice and you are ready to ride. The bikes normally cost €0.10c per minute to ride and can be paused for up to 2 hours. Bikes can be parked and locked at existing public bike stands around the city, the most suitable of which are designated in the MOBY app.
MOBY wants the city to go electric and reduce our city centre care usage. Our bikes can get you there faster and cheaper than a taxi or car, without feeling exhausted like a normal bike does. Electric bikes offer a sustainable transport alternative that eases congestion, improves public health, and cuts carbon emissions.
Thomas is the former Founder and CEO and Yvolution, a kids wheeled-goods company which grew revenues to $60 million within three years. This level of market growth was unprecedented in Ireland. Thomas is a highly successful entrepreneur, having spent most of his working life founding and growing businesses. Now on his 3rd undertaking, MOBY, Thomas brings 16 years of demonstrable experience in start-up formation, product launch, rapid growth and commercialization. Thomas exited Yvolution in 2018 to set up MOBY and focus on bringing innovative products to market.