Lime is adding electric mopeds to its vary of rentable automobiles. The corporate, greatest identified for scooters and bicycles, will begin with pilot schemes in Washington, DC and Paris, earlier than increasing to “a handful of cities” someday this spring. For now, there’s no phrase on value or whether or not will probably be coated underneath a Lime Go subscription. We do know, nevertheless, that the automobiles are being supplied by Niu, a Chinese language firm that works with Revel, one other micro mobility service, and has its personal enterprise promoting mopeds direct to shoppers. They’ll have a prime pace of 28MPH and be capable to take you 87 miles on a single cost, Lime claims.
Mopeds are sooner than scooters and are, due to this fact, doubtlessly extra harmful. In a weblog submit, Lime mentioned it had “seen the place others have fallen brief,” no doubt referencing Revel, and “invested closely” in security procedures. Riders shall be given a security e-course, as an illustration, and should full some type of take a look at — it’s not clear if that’s written or sensible — earlier than hitting the highway. Lime can even present free classes for anybody that wishes to learn to safely experience a moped. Small teams shall be taught all the fundamentals, resembling braking, turning and parking, by instructors licensed by the Motorbike Security Basis (MSF).
However that’s not all. Mopeds shall be restricted to riders over the age of 21 within the US and 18 in Paris. You’ll additionally want a driver’s license and, to make sure you’re the license holder, be requested to take a photograph earlier than your first experience. Helmets are obligatory, too. You’ll must take a photograph of your head sporting one earlier than each journey. When you take it off, an infrared sensor will notify Lime. “We’ve heard from officers in main cities that this was a precedence, so we made it our precedence to develop it,” the corporate mentioned in a press launch. The helmets shall be manufactured by Moon within the US and Nikko in Europe, guaranteeing compliance with every area’s native rules.
Mopeds may assist Lime to distinguish from the swarm of different firms providing rentable scooters and bicycles. It’ll additionally help the corporate’s ambition to grow to be a transportation platform. Final October, as an illustration, Lime up to date its app in order that riders may lease sit-down scooters supplied by Wheels.