Lyft unveils new electric bike
Through: Nick gambino
Lyft has unveiled its new electric bikes that users can rent to ride around the city. Electric transportation is quickly becoming the new normal. Tesla (and pretty much every automaker) makes electric vehicles that, as soon as they become more affordable, will dominate the streets.
Electric bikes are also quickly becoming popular. While I don’t see them replacing the good old classic bikes, there is a market for e-bikes that offer pedal assistance, helping you climb hills and take a break when your legs are ready to let go. It makes the most sense when renting a bike to help you get around town.
There are services like Citi Bike in New York City that let you rent classic bikes on the fly, but Lyft plans to dominate with its new fleet of e-bikes. Right now it’s just a pilot, so you have to run into them somewhere in town. They’ll be hard to miss with their shiny decal and prominent ‘Lyft’ sign.
Lyft offers two main models. The former sports the Lyft signature black and pink colors, while the Classic bike is reminiscent of the late 80s / early 90s with an electric twist.
Now these are electric bikes which means they are heavier than what you are used to. The 80-pound bike weighs about 20 pounds more than the previous Lyft two-wheeler. Blame it on the new battery that does most of the heavy lifting, with a range of 60 miles. The 500W resident motor adds to the power.
“There are a ton of moms and dads as well as large scale e-bike vendors,” Lyft product manager Gary Shambat said in a statement to Technological crisis. “But an electric fleet bike is a radically different thing. They may look similar on the outside, but the wear and tear and vandalism are so different that you can’t just take an existing product, fix it multiple ways, throw away a connected module and call it a day. “
Lyft offers an annual or monthly subscription plan, or you can just pay for individual 30-minute trips.
They are currently piloting the electric bike rental program in San Francisco and plan to move to Chicago and New York soon.