Lime, a mobility startup, has started adding a new swappable battery to its fleet of electric bikes and scooters. The component, according to the company, is a significant improvement over the one it is currently using.
The nearly 1 kWh battery is twice as large as Lime’s previous.46 kWh design. The battery is also compatible with Lime’s existing Gen4 and Citra e-bikes and scooters, allowing the company to enhance the capabilities of those vehicles without replacing them.
Lime plans to launch the battery in a few cities this summer, including Paris and Long Beach, before expanding its reach. A higher capacity power source has a few advantages.
The most obvious difference is that Lime’s vehicles can travel longer distances. As a result, the company’s operating costs are reduced because its charging vans no longer need to make as many trips to support its fleet.
The upgrade comes at a critical juncture for Lime and other micromobility providers. Following a drop in ridership at the start of the pandemic, the company saw people increasingly rely on its service for transportation.
With gas prices in the United States and other parts of the world approaching historic highs, an increasing number of people are looking for affordable and safe ways to get around.