Lime is adding a new member to its shared electric vehicle: Mopeds family. Mopodes is being offered as part of a pilot program to test whether Lime users prefer vehicles that are faster, heavier and more risky to ride than your average kick scooter.
The moped can be rented through the Lime smartphone app, just like the company’s e-scooters. Lime is still finalizing the price per mile for mopeds, but intends to compete with other shared mobility services.
Other scooter companies are expanding their product lineup to include mopeds, but Lime insists its pilot will push for a major rollout in the spring. To begin with, Lyme will introduce mopeds in just two cities in the coming months: Washington, DC and Paris. The company plans to spread 600 capitals around the US capital, while the number to be produced in Paris remains to be determined. Mopeds will hit the roads in early March.
These mopeds are manufactured by NIU, a Chinese company that also supplies mopeds to Revel, a New York-based mobility company. NIU mopeds are usually 25-100 miles apart. Lime mopeds will have a speed limit of 28 miles per hour and can be controlled and monitored via wireless communication.
Mopeds aim to rely on Lam’s claims that it is no more than any other scooter company. The company sees itself as a “platform” for a variety of low-speed, electric motions. Last year, Lime added e-bikes to its app in several cities, from wheels to wheels, in a new effort to unite third-party micro-mobility providers.
Lime CEO Wen Ting claims that his company is “the first micro-mobility provider to offer three vehicles on one platform.” Gotcha, a 12-year-old company based in Charleston, South Carolina, had previously offered electric kick scooters, sedan scooters, bikes and trucks on its platform. The company was recently acquired by another scooter company called Bolt. .)
Mopeds are a quick way to get around, but they can also be more dangerous, especially for novice riders. Revel had to temporarily shut down its service in New York City last year after two customers were killed and one seriously injured while riding a shared electric moped. The company finally resumed its service with new safety measures, such as mandatory app safety tests and the requirement that all riders wear helmets and take selfies before being allowed to board.
They are hoping to avoid such a tragedy by accepting security measures just outside the limestone gates. Riders will need to take a multi-chapter rider safety course developed in partnership with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Lam says the test is “improved learning for retention”, and must be completed before a user can embark on a ride. Customers must not only have a driving license – a motorcycle license to ride.
Each moped also comes with two helmets, one large and one small, enclosed in a cargo compartment at the rear. Lime will have three different checkpoints to ensure that riders cannot escape without wearing a helmet. Riders will need to take a selfie wearing a helmet, and the app will provide a signal to confirm that the helmet is being worn. Also, the helmet compartment contains an infrared sensor that can confirm whether the helmet has been removed.
Whenever a member of Lyme’s operating staff handles a moped, the helmet will be cleaned – which is likely to happen once every three days. Lime will also offer a head cover in each helmet for extra protection.
Lime will also provide individual lessons for all riders in 45 minutes, taught in small class sizes by certified motorcycle instructors. According to the company, the lessons are designed to help you get rid of tactics such as braking, turning, and parking.
“Lime will again take strict enforcement measures for safety violators, including removal from the platform, to avoid endangering yourself and other road users,” the company said. “
Lime is not the first scooter company to put pressure on mopeds. Bird introduced moped-style e-bikes, possibly made by California-based e-bike company Juiced in 2019 in Los Angeles and in 2020 in Austin.