Lime adds Wheels shared e‑bikes to its app as it seeks to become a one-stop shop for mobility

The Verge
October 14, 2020

The next time you open Lime’s smart­phone app, you may see a new type of vehi­cle that isn’t an elec­tric scoot­er. The San Fran­cis­co-based com­pa­ny announced today that it is inte­grat­ing Wheels, a shared elec­tric bike start­up, into its app so cus­tomers can rent an e‑bike from Wheels as eas­i­ly as they would a scoot­er from Lime.

Lime plans to add more shared mobil­i­ty ser­vices to its app in the com­ing months as it seeks to become both a provider and plat­form for all two-wheeled elec­tric trans­port. The “ulti­mate goal,” a spokesper­son said, is to own “all light elec­tric vehi­cle trips under 5 miles.” It’s an ambi­tious one, espe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing that shared elec­tric bike and scoot­er com­pa­nies are still strug­gling to turn a prof­it as COVID-19 upends sup­ply chains and the trans­porta­tion sec­tion glob­al­ly.

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