The transport platform Bolt (formerly Taxify) entered the Russian market and launched in St. Petersburg. This was announced by a company representative. It provides ridesharing services (joint trips in private transport), taxis and rental of electric scooters.
In Petersburg, Bolt began working as a taxi booking service. In the near future, he hopes to reach other Russian cities, Yevgeny Belousov, responsible for the development of services in Central and Eastern Europe, explained to Vedomosti.
In which cities and how much the company will spend on expansion, Belousov did not disclose. “Now we want to concentrate on our main business - taxi order service. But in the future, of course, we are interested in expanding the services we provide in Russia, ”Belousov added.
Like the largest taxi service services operating in Russia, Bolt will operate at a fixed rate: “The client will see the exact price of the trip already at the time of ordering a taxi,” explains Belousov. The fare consists of the starting cost of the trip, mileage and duration of the trip.
The minimum cost of a trip to St. Petersburg will be 79 rubles: landing in a car - 50 rubles, then 13 rubles. per kilometer and 5 rubles. in a minute. For exactly the same tariff in the city works, for example, “Yandex. Taxi".
At the same time, according to Belousov, Bolt intends to take a lower commission from drivers than market leaders - 15% of the cost of the trip. Before launching the service agreed to cooperate with more than 300 taxi stations in St. Petersburg, in total more than 3000 drivers.
Now the largest taxi order services in Russia are the combined Yandex.Taxi and Uber, Citimobil, Lucky, Maxim, InDriver and others.
Bolt began development in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2013. Now it works in 30 countries, among them are the countries of Europe and Africa. In 2018, the total cost of travel of Bolt customers amounted to more than € 1 billion. Daimler, Didi Chuxing, Korelya Capital and others invested in the service. After raising $ 175 million from a group of investors led by Daimler in 2018. Bolt was estimated at over $ 1 billion .