One of the leading smart bike sharing provider, LimeBike has come out with its first fleet of electric bikes. This launch was part of the country’s largest release of electric assist bikes in history. As a result of this nationwide release, Seattle, Washington will have more shared e-bikes than any other city in the country.
These electric assist bikes, called Lime-E, and will cost riders $1 to unlock and another $0.10 per minute for riding. This revised pricing will make puts Lime-E in a unique position to be one of the most cost-effective modes of transportation. The new bikes also offer better speeds and upgraded technology for riders.
These faster bikes, come with a maximum speed of 14.8 MPH, allowing riders to reach their destination quickly. Moreover, with these new bikes, riders can easily climb 30 degrees uphill. Speaking on the occasion, CEO and co-founder Toby Sun said, “Lime-E will provide Seattle with a fast, efficient, equitable source of first-and-last mile transportation at no cost to the city and minimal cost to riders. We are constantly transforming and adapting our fleet to fit the needs of each market, and we’re excited to offer our electric assist bikes to Seattle first.”
The first Lime Bike was launched back in June 2017, after which this service became available in 45 locations, making it the fastest growing smart bikeshare in the U.S. This transcends the business of LimeBike from being a smart bike sharing company to a mobility solution provider. The company plans to roll out bikes outside Seattle in the days to come. This will include places like Southern California and San Francisco.