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The whole fleet is available in Barcelona for demonstration and testing throughout the MWC event
LimeBike has introduced Lime-S, an electric scooter, to its smart fleet as it bids to become more than just a bike-sharing company.
Lime-S, which adds to its shared electric-assist bikes, Lime-E, which are both available for demonstration and testing at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.
LimeBike said introduction of Lime-E and Lime-S is part of its strategy to transform the company from a bike-sharing to a smart mobility provider that offers multiple personal transportation solutions for smart cities.
“Our goal is to lead the future of smart mobility. Our multi-modal smart fleet provides immediate access to an affordable, convenient and healthy means of transportation,” said Caen Contee, founding member and VP marketing, partnerships, & international expansion at LimeBike.
“We are here to help cities, businesses and universities to solve their first- and last-mile transportation challenges.”
Since launching what the company claims is the largest deployment of shared electric-assist bikes, Lime-E in Frankfurt and Zurich two months ago, the company reports that users have logged more than 10,000 rides.
LimeBike recently raised an additional $70m as part of its series B financing round, bringing the total amount of funding to $132m and providing solid financial backing for further enhancement and roll-out its smart fleet.
“We are encouraged by the warm welcome LimeBike has received in Europe. This is a great start for us as we are entering the peak seasons for bike riding in spring and summer,” added Contee.
“It is also a springboard for our further investment into Europe which we are planning to announce soon.”
LimeBike said it aims to become an integral part of the European city landscape by cooperating with local communities, colleges and businesses, as well as prioritising the quality of its bikes.
The majority of active users in Frankfurt and Zurich have come back to use LimeBike again after the first ride, the company reports. Many use it to cover the first and/or the last mile of their daily commute, indicating that the average Swiss user opts for the bike twice daily, while the German rider is doing one trip a day.
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