Lime Launches Moped Program in Washington, DC, 2021
5 minutes Date Launched: Apr 1, 2021
Credit: Smart Cities Dive
Lime has started its first-ever electric moped program in Washington, DC. Starting with a fleet of 100 mopeds, Lime plans to expand its fleet to 600 vehicles. With the introduction of the e-moped program, Washington, DC is also the first city where Lime is offering all of its micromobility vehicles; customers in the District can also use Lime’s e-scooters and bicycles. Customers can use the mopeds for point-to-point trips and are allowed to park them at any legal spaces within Lime’s operating zone. Lime mopeds have a maximum speed of 28 miles per hour and can go as far as 87 miles on a single battery charge. Vehicles can fit two individuals and are equipped with helmets, which customers are legally required to wear when using a moped. Customers driving a Lime moped must have a valid driver’s license and be at least 21 years of age. Notably, this development coincides with the District Department of Transportation’s announcement to extend its Pilot for Shared Motor-Driven Cycles.
Mopeds, like e-scooters and bicycles, have a compelling role to play in the world of micromobility. Specifically, Lime expresses that their vehicles are intended for trips under five miles, asserting a role in the market for first-and last-mile trips. While bikeshare and e-scooter programs have an established role as micromobility technologies, it will be important to observe how the adoption of moped programs will evolve overtime.