Lime and Uber are partnering on electric scooters. (Lime, Uber Photos)
Soon many commuters have the ability to book a Lime electric scooter using the Uber app.
Despite a rivalry between Uber and Lime’s dockless bikeshare services, the two transportation companies announced an extraordinary partnership Monday tied to Lime’s new $335 million investment round. Uber is one of the investors and as part of the deal, Lime will make its electric scooters available in the Uber app.
Under the new partnership, Lime scooters will be co-branded with Uber logos. The two companies declined to share additional details about the deal, which is still being finalized.
“The partnership adds to Uber’s vision of becoming a transportation platform for people around the globe,” Lime CEO Toby Sun said in a blog post Monday.
Lime launched in 2017 with fleets of dockless, shared bicycles in several cities, including Seattle. In February, the company started rolling out electric-assist bicycles as part of its strategy to move beyond traditional bikeshare. In the spring, Lime-S electric scooters began appearing in select cities. Seattle law doesn’t allow for scooters yet.
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