Uber-rival Bolt Goes Large in London

By Gavin Whenman on at

Uber hasn't had a great time of it in London recently, with Transport for London in September granting the taxi app a measly two-month licence to continue operating in the capital. So the company's probably not going to be best pleased that ride-hailing app Bolt has today introduced an XL category to cater for large families and bigger groups.

Founded in Estonia in 2013 (when it was known as Taxify), Bolt launched services in London in June this year, offering to take just 15 per cent commission off its drivers (compared to the 25 per cent Uber nabs) and claiming this means they can offer lower prices to users. The new XL option will allow users to order larger capacity vehicles, which will usually by an SUV or minivan, that can carry up to six passengers.

The company also announced last month that all journeys using its platform in Europe will be carbon neutral because they'll be offsetting emissions, using a €10 million investment to offset at least five million tonnes of carbon emissions. So if you're put off by Uber's notorious safety issues, dodgy financials and terrible treatment of both its employees and drivers, Bolt could be worth a shout.