Uber is considering a plan to introduce a range of electric bikes to the UK in an attempt to further diversify its portfolio by expanding beyond its ride-hailing and food delivery services, according to a report by The Telegraph.
The report revealed that Uber has posted a UK job listing for a general manager for Jump, an e-bike renting company that Uber acquired in April this year. The ride-hailing app has since launched the distinctive red bikes in 12 cities across the US as well as in Berlin and Germany.
The job advert outlined that it is searching for a manager to work in London to "shape and lead" operations for Jump in the UK.
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Despite this revelation, a spokesperson for Uber responded that it "hope[s] to bring Jump to the UK in the future but have no immediate plans to do so.
"Over time it's our goal to help people replace their car with their phone by offering a range of mobility options – whether cars, bikes, or public transport – all in the Uber app," they added.
The dockless bike industry in the UK is becoming increasingly competitive with the introduction of a number of services over the last few years, including Ofo, Motobike and most recently Lime, who introduced a fleet of bikes in Milton Keynes in November of this year.
Similar job listings have appeared in the Netherlands, France, Spain and Portugal as the tech giant aspires to become a key player in this burgeoning industry.