Lyft has been operating a bike-sharing network in the United States since 2018, offering both traditional bicycles and those with electric pedal-assist drivetrains. The company is now introducing an ebike of its own design.
The new modern design integrates personalized features with an LCD screen, a built-in speaker system, new lighting effects, a bigger battery, and improved safety features like onboard sensors and retroreflective paint. The electric vehicle is equipped with a single gear drivetrain and a more powerful 500-watt electric motor, which will allow the bike to add more power, but only when you need it.
The riders can expect a longer-lasting battery (up to 60 miles) which means fewer battery swaps and time charging.
The Lyft ebike has a seamless, single-gear transmission that is tuned perfectly for all speeds and grades of road, not requiring any manual or automatic transitions. A powerful illuminated light ring known as the LED beacon brings even more distinct recognition and visibility to the bike at night. The company has custom-designed a new type of paint that is retroreflective like street signs, illuminating bikes at night, and keeping riders visible.
The bike’s onboard safety sensors self-monitor every sub-system, including brakes and batteries, ensuring riders will have a more reliable bike in a state of good repair. In addition, the bike is equipped with a top-of-the-line rear hydraulic brake, meaning riders can more safely achieve a smoother stop with less force, and it will require less frequent maintenance. Its improved design is a three-inch wider range than its predecessor, with an improved seat clamp for adjusting to your height.
After thousands of hours of testing and tinkering, Lyft is just about ready to put the new ebikes into the hands of its riders. Once the bike is ready for the masses, the company will officially begin to phase it in, starting with Divvy in Chicago later this year!