Lime is addition of electric mopeds to its range of rentable vehicles. The company, best known for its scooters and bikes, will start with pilot projects in Washington, DC and Paris, before expanding to “a handful of cities” this spring. At this time, we have no word on the cost or if it will be covered by a Lime Pass subscription. We do know, however, that vehicles are provided by Niu, a Chinese company that works with Revel, another micro mobility service, and has its own business selling mopeds directly to consumers. They will have a top speed of 28 MPH and can cover you 87 miles on a single charge, Lime claims.
Mopeds are faster than scooters and are therefore potentially more dangerous. In a blog post, Lime said he has “seen where others have failed”, no doubt in reference to Reveland “heavily invested” in security procedures. Runners will receive an online safety course, for example, and will have to pass some sort of test – it’s unclear whether it’s written or practical – before hitting the road. Lime will also provide free lessons for anyone who wants to learn how to safely ride a moped. Small groups will learn all the basics, such as braking, cornering and parking, from instructors certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).