Lime introduces fleet of new, more sustainable e-scooters

ORLANDO, Fla. — In celebration of Earth Day, Lime launched a new fleet of e-scooters that it said provides a smoother, safer, and more sustainable ride.

Lime debuted the Gen4 E-Scooters at the Earth Day Work Day event in Orlando on Friday.

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Mayor Buddy Dyer was on hand at City Hall Plaza while Lime offered test rides and safety training for riders.

“Lime is thrilled to bring the best e-scooters around to Orlando, celebrating Earth Day by making our operations here more sustainable. These new e-scooters will offer a smoother and more sustainable rider experience and they’ll decrease street clutter and promote safety, " said Jad Hayek, Lime operations manager.

According to a release from Lime, the new GEN4 scooter will provide riders with the smoothest and most environmentally friendly shared scooter ride available.

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Some of the highlights of the new fleet include:

· Swept-back handlebars - a first for shared e-scooters and reminiscent of bike handles - allowing for more a comfortable grip.

· Dual hand brake system to make slowing and stopping easier and more immediate when needed.

· Lowered baseboard to optimize the center of gravity on the scooter and make getting on and off easier.

· New kickstand with two legs to help avoid scooters from being tipped over when parked, which can help to reduce clutter on sidewalks.

· Enhanced suspension and larger wheels mean a smoother ride over cracks, warped pavement and anything else the cityscape can throw at riders.

· The addition of a swappable battery, which will drive even greater efficiency in Lime’s operations and further reduce the carbon emissions of scooter riding.

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“They’ll also attract more residents and tourists to hop on an e-scooter and ride green as gas prices rise and remain high. It’s a win-win for riders and the entire city together,” Hayek added.

These new scooters are only available in select North American cities like Washington, D.C., San Diego, Los Angeles and New York City.

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