Micro-mobility operator Lime has launched its new Gen4 e-bike, which will run off the same battery as the firm’s e-scooters.
Lime first flagged its new bike in March last year, but it is only now being put into service.
They appeared on the streets of Washington DC earlier this week and will be rolled out elsewhere this spring. The firm first launched in the UK in London and Milton Keynes and has since rolled out a fleet in Greater Manchester
“The launch of our Gen4 e-bike is an important step toward achieving our mission of building a future where transportation is shared, affordable and carbon-free,” said CEO Wayne Ting.
“Standardising our swappable batteries across modes is a leap forward for Lime and the broader micro-mobility industry, making operations more efficient and sustainable, while improving reliability for riders."
Having a standardised swappable battery that is used across vehicle types, simplifies Lime’s stock and should make fleet management more efficient by reducing van trips.
The firm reckons it will help reduce the number of uncharged, unusable vehicles on the streets as well.
In addition to the battery change, the new Gen4 bike also benefits from improved motor power. Other additions include a two-speed transmission, a phone holder and a new handlebar display.
Wayne said: "In 2021, we saw massive jumps in Lime e-bike use in cities, helping to fuel a welcome e-bike boom globally. We’re excited for city residents around the world to try the Gen4 as a great way to leave the car behind.”