When we first got to the idea of launching the first network of electric mopeds in Poland, many people were shocked and said: "electric mopeds for minutes in Poland!? Not in our climate! This isn't Rome." But we succeeded. After our second season we had over 1000 vehicles and operated in 5 European countries.
We all got together at the Military Academy of Technology in Warsaw where we all studied. We were all living in the same dorm. Paweł studied IT Systems plus Electronics and Telecommunication, Marcin IT Systems, and Kamil Electronics which ended for him with a Ph.D.
Following studies, everyone of us got their first job in corporate companies. The sole idea was Marcin's for whom travelling to work and sticking in traffic really got on his nerves. Instead of complaining he decided to resolve the problem. – Sticking in traffic I started to miss my motorcycle and I thought that many other people who in the very same moment were stuck in their cars would also probably give a lot to be able to get out of there. What if everyone could rent a moped and go wherever he wanted? I thought that this kind of idea would make a business for us – Marcin reminisces. Paweł, being a big enthusiast of two-wheelers and an experienced motorcycle rider, liked the idea from the start and jointly with Kamil started to modify it and adjust to their developing visions. The three of us sat down and wrote a business plan. Without a sponsor as we wanted to remain independent. However, we were lacking money so Marcin took up a loan. It all came down into a logical entirety - mopeds is comfort and speed of transporting, and at the same time safety.
Where did you get the idea for Europe to ride electric mopeds?
System of electric mopeds per minutes is not only a means of fast travelling across a crowded city, but also a lifestyle. We are all tired with crowded streets and many more people are talking more about smog. Our solution is an alternative way to fight unclean air, traffic, and non-optimal urban communication system. We are fighting for smart city!
From an idea to a business plan
– It is possible to count costs and potential profits, but if you start something new you never know how potential users will approach it. We didn't have any choice but to simply execute our idea, put it to use, and see what happens – Marcin says. Our friends, both business and private, were open with their criticism telling us our idea is not serious and very risky as Polish people are not ready for mopeds per minutes. – But we were stubborn thinking that nothing ventured, nothing gained.
We decided to build our business from the scratch i.e. assemble the scooters ourselves first for Warsaw habitants to ride on. Kamil designed and constructed the electronics, he established also the mobile app model that was to handle the whole mopeds' renting process. We simply wanted to have full impact on functionality of current and future mopeds. - We didn't have time to find some special place for the assembly work, hence to our wifes' despair we decided to have the assembly line in Paweł's house, even though it didn't have anything to do with an assembly line - Marcin jokes. Our company located five out of six mopeds on Warsaw streets exactly on the 8th of March, 2017. What happened with the sixth moped? One of the founders was cleaning the vehicle late at night, just before the morning premiere. Unfortunately, he didn't notice that it was turned on and unintentionally accelerated. The moped stopped at a nearby beacon. It's renovation took one week. - Fortunately, now we tell this story as a company anecdote - Marcin says.
We launched the service on March 8th, 2017 in Warsaw - as a test. It was the first such project in the capital, and even across the country. 5 mopeds took over the streets of Warsaw - we were very proud of it!
After 3 months, when it turned out that the residents wanted and knew how to ride mopeds, their number increased from 6 to 50. We realized that developing the electromobile market in Poland is a priority for us. We wanted to inspire as many people as possible with our eco-friendly approach - we were intensively looking for partners or investors who would buy mopeds and distribute them under the management of our brand, receiving income in return.
blinkee.city in figures
Since the beginning of our business we have been expanding our fleet. In 2020, in just 4 months we increased the number of scooters - our latest product - by 334%.
Growth at a lightning speed
Everything went very quickly. After a year Blinkee had about 1000 mopeds in its fleet and also was available in European cities. And as early as in 2018, residents of Rzeszow could rent city bikes and electric bikes provided by blinkee.city. As a company, we have strived to provide the most comprehensive service. A year later we introduced another vehicle, which made moving in cities even easier and more pleasant. The driving license and ability to drive a motorcycle was no longer needed. We have become a leader in the field of micromobility, offering 3 different e-vehicles. Blinkee electric scooters revolutionized Polish e-sharing market and gave our (initially) small startup a chance to become a world giant. Currently you can find us in over 35 Polish cities and 9 European metropolises.
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The first foreign expansion of Blinkee vehicles took place already in 2017. We are now in 9 European countries and have an appetite for more!
More vehicles in Blinkee’s fleet:
In 2017, we introduced electric mopeds as our flagship product, for which we designed and built the electronics and mobile application ourselves. In 2018 we introduced city and electric bikes, which enriched the Rzeszow-based moped fleet. The appearance of electric scooters by Blinkee in 2019 significantly influenced the dynamic development of the company and spreading a comprehensive service among residents of Polish and foreign cities.
Member of the board & CEO
Member of the board
Vice President of Management Board