Bolt has launched a less expensive model of its ride-hailing platform in South Africa referred to as Bolt Go.
The corporate mentioned it goals for Bolt Go to be the most affordable ride-hailing service in South Africa, with fares being roughly 20% lower than common Bolt rides.
This new service will see drivers of hatchback vehicles serving riders via the Bolt platform for the primary time.
“Smaller hatchback vehicles are inexpensive to buy, have decrease upkeep prices, and are extra fuel-efficient to function than Bolt’s common bigger sedan vehicles,” mentioned Bolt South African nation supervisor Gareth Taylor.
“These decrease operational prices additionally allow Bolt Go fares to be considerably extra reasonably priced.”
The corporate mentioned it has already trialled this service within the Japanese Cape, and it’s now being rolled out to all 35 cities and cities throughout South Africa the place Bolt is lively.
All journeys within the Bolt Go class will embody Bolt’s present Journey Safety – a no-cost, value-added insurance coverage product that covers all passengers and drivers throughout all automotive classes within the case of an accident or surprising incident.
Bolt Go accommodates normal hatchback vehicles in good situation with low mileage and a minimum of 4 passenger seats. These automobiles should additionally cross a 45-point security inspection.
“The brand new class offers customers much more selection along with the present classes that Bolt presents together with Bolt (the unique sedan class), Isolate, Premium, XL and Van,” Bolt mentioned.
Whereas hatchbacks can solely function within the Bolt Go class, Bolt has allowed the drivers of its common bigger sedan vehicles, who could also be experiencing a quiet interval, to choose out and in on an ad-hoc foundation to Bolt Go to spice up their earnings.
“Our focus is on the hundreds of South African drivers who depend on Bolt to attach them with passengers and earn a gradual revenue – and enabling them to proceed to earn that revenue to care for his or her households and family members,” Taylor mentioned.