Uber Has a Big Competitor in European Ride Share Market

Uber Has a Big Competitor in European Ride Share Market

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Ride share start-up Bolt reported it raised $711 million in a new round of funding led by Sequoia Capital and Fidelity. The investment values Bolt at about $8.4 billion, up from $4.8 billion just five months ago.  Bolt CEO (Markus Villig) reported that many cities want to switch from private car ownership to ride-hailing and other shared mobility options like electric scooters and car sharing.  Bolt started in 2013 and it has become a big competitor to Uber in key markets such as London and Paris. Bolt reports it now has about 100 million customers across 45 countries in Europe and Africa.  Bolt will spend hundreds of millions on building out its grocery delivery business over the next few years. The CEO questioned the sustainability of rapid grocery delivery firms, noting the industry operates on slim profit margins.  Bolt reports that its operating model is more cost-efficient than Uber’s. Bolt lost 44.9 million euros in 2020, down slightly from losses of 85.5 million euros in 2019. Revenues surged almost 75% to 221.4 million euros in 2021. Bolt’s business revenues dropped as much as 80% in 2020 after the Corona Virus pandemic hit. Bolt’s ride-hailing business more than doubled in 2021.

Shortage of Drivers

Ride share companies are fighting for drivers, Villig reported. Uber, Bolt and other competitors have struggled to match the demand for drivers with a supply of drivers due to labor shortages. This has resulted in higher fares and much longer wait times in big cities like London and New York.  Bolt has many of the regulatory risks that Uber has encountered over the years, from a U.K. court ruling last year that Uber’s drivers have to be treated as workers, challenging the business models of gig economy platforms.  Villig reported that most of Bolt’s drivers prefer the flexibility that comes with gig work and they don’t wish to be treated like employees.  Employees in the UK receive key benefits like minimum wage and holiday pay.

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