Ioanna is a writer at TNW. She covers the full spectrum of the European tech ecosystem, with a particular interest in startups, sustainabili Ioanna is a writer at TNW. She covers the full spectrum of the European tech ecosystem, with a particular interest in startups, sustainability, green tech, AI, and EU policy. With a background in the humanities, she has a soft spot for social impact-enabling technologies.
Today’s Word Bicycle Day and we can celebrate it by taking a look at Lyft’s new ebike that will join its bikeshare electric fleet in the US.
Lyft’s next-gen ebike is a refined and updated version of its previous battery-based models, with a clear focus on accessibility, durability, and safety improvements.
The battery has doubled in capacity from 500Wh to 1,000Wh — enough juice, Lyft says, for up to 96 kilometers of range, depending on factors such as the rider’s weight and how many hills the bike climbs.
To make it easier to use, there’s no gear shifter. Instead, the ebike has a single gear transmission that functions automatically: the electric motor set on the rear wheel has sensors that adjust to the rider’s torque, cadence, and speed. That’s not bad at all.
To create a more user friendly bike, Lyft has made some more changes. The new bike’s seat can be lowered by an additional three inches, which better accommodates shorter riders. There’s also an improved seat clamp that adjusts to the driver’s height. What’s more, a built-in LED screen and speaker give riders instructions for parking, unlocking, and speed limits.
Safety-wise, apart from the new model’s higher-end hydraulic brakes, Lyft has dressed the bikes with custom-made retroreflective paint, which like street signs helps illuminate the bikes and the riders, especially at night. The ebike’s visibility is also enhanced by the LED beacon lights that form a distinct light feature.
All in all, Lyft’s new bike comes with longer battery capacity, extra safety features, and greater ease of use.
The first 100 bikes will arrive next week in San Francisco’s Bay Wheels system as part of a multi-week public beta test, according to the company. The official mass roll-out is expected to start in Chicago’s Divvy program later this year.
Do EVs excite your electrons? Do ebikes get your wheels spinning? Do self-driving cars get you all charged up?
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