Lime has deployed 200 of its latest Gen4 e-scooters across London, working with Transport for London (TfL) and London Councils to launch the UK’s largest for-hire e-scooter trial.
Londoners will now be able to hire Lime e-scooters, alongside Lime’s e-bikes – which it has operated in the UK capital since December 2018, delivering over 3 million zero carbon rides and saving users an estimate of over 750,000 car journeys.
Riders will be able to locate and hire Lime e-scooters via its app, but will need to scan their driving licence and successfully complete a virtual safety test before the vehicle can be unlocked.
With a maximum speed of 12.5 mph, nine high-visibility reflectors, puncture proof wheels, mountain-bike inspired suspension, always-on LED lights and a double kickstand for stability, Lime says the Gen4 is built for safety.
Hyper-sensitive geofencing technology will also ensure e-scooters are not used or parked outside of designated areas and parking bays, and swappable batteries also reduce the overall environmental impact of maintaining the fleet.
Lime also uses e-cargo bikes to make battery swaps rather than having to transport scooters to and from warehouses for charging.
Alan Clarke, Director, Policy & Government Affairs, for Northern Europe Lime said: “Lime loves London, and three years after launching our e-bikes in the capital, we’re so proud to be deploying our latest Gen4 e-scooters here too. Wherever we operate, safety is always our number one priority, which is why Lime continues to invest in industry leading software and hardware safeguards, such as highly accurate geofencing to control rider speed and behaviour, and on-vehicle technology which can detect pavement riding.”
He adds: “This tech is designed to make our scooters safer for our riders, other road users and pedestrians, helping to create a well managed and responsibly used service that benefits riders and the cities they ride in. We’re proud to be serving London with another great transport option, and can’t wait for Londoners to try it out for themselves!”
Lime offers multiple modes to citizens in all major European capitals including Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, Stockholm, Budapest and Warsaw.