After some small-scale testing in several cities since Lime unveiled its latest e-bike, the company started doing Gen4 available for US users. The first batch of the new model arrived in Washington DC.
The biggest update this time around is an interchangeable one that is interchangeable with the Gen4 scooters, which should save Lime money and bolster sustainability, in part by reducing the number of trips Lime’s charging vans have to make. The latest model also features a more powerful engine than previous generations, two-speed automatic transmission, phone holder and a revamped handlebar display that matches that of Lime scooters. The company says the modular design should increase the usability of the Gen4 e-bikes to five years.
Lime said last year it would invest $50 million in the Gen4 e-bike. The goal was to start transitioning to the latest model last summer. However, aside from a few small-scale pilots in the fall, it had to put those plans on hold due to supply chain issues.
The company plans to upgrade e-bikes in cities it currently serves to Gen4 and expand to more cities this year. For now, 250 Gen4 e-bikes are available in Washington DC. Cal said plans to replace its entire fleet of 2,500 e-bikes in the city with Gen4 by April. The new e-bike is expected to arrive in more cities around the world this spring, including Atlanta and Charleston.
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