LimeBike launches Lime-E electric bikeshare scheme in Seattle with further plans for roll-out in California
LimeBike has launched its first electric-assist bike fleet in Seattle as part of the US’ largest shared electric assist bike release in history. With this launch, Seattle will have more shared e-bikes than any other city in the country, the company says.
Called Lime-E, these electric assist bikes will cost riders US$1 to unlock and an additional $0.10 per minute of riding time.
The faster bikes will enable Seattle riders to get to their destinations more quickly, but still more affordably than driving or using traditional rideshare services. The maximum speed on the bikes is 14.8 mph and the power will automatically adjust to adapt to the users’ natural pedal motion.
“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,” said Toby Sun, co-founder and CEO of LimeBike. “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.”
Following a market launch in June 2017, LimeBike is now available in 45 markets.
LimeBike plans to roll out Lime-E beyond Seattle, including Southern California and the greater San Francisco Bay Area, in the coming months. Lime-E usage is already proving success in pilot markets by increasing the usage of pedal bikes even further.