Shared mobility operator Lime has announced the release of its new Gen4 e-bikes in London, which come complete with interchangeable batteries and improved acceleration.
The next generation of Lime electronic bikes will be released this summer, as part of the company’s £20 million investment in London.
Based in San Francisco, USA, Lime currently operates in London and Milton Keynes in the UK, having recently hit the five million e-bike-ride mark in the capital.
Alan Clarke, senior director of policy for Lime UK and Ireland, commented: “The upcoming launch of Lime’s Gen4 e-bikes in London will be a vital step towards achieving our mission of building a future where transport is shared, sustainable and affordable. Innovation is at the forefront in everything we do and we pride ourselves on being the only micromobility provider to design both our software and hardware in-house. With our e-bikes popularity now significantly superseding pre-Covid levels, it’s clear that what we’re seeing is just the start of an exciting behaviour change in London as we look to reduce carbon emissions and live our lives more sustainably. Being able to standardise our swappable batteries across both e-scooters and e-bikes is not only a leap forward for Lime, but also the broader micromobility industry.”
The Gen4 bikes will now feature interchangeable batteries, which will also be swappable between Lime bikes and its Gen4.1 e-scooters, improving the sustainability of the service.
Other key features include increased motor power for the hills, a phone holder, new handlebar display, an automatic two-speed transmission.
Lime plans to invest £20 million in London over the next 18 months, which includes the introduction of new scooters and bikes.
Additional funds have also been used for the launch of Lime’s new warehouse in south London.