Lyft recalls its e-bikes in San Francisco following fire incidents

By Akshay Kedari  | Date: 2019-08-02

Lyft recalls its e-bikes in San Francisco following fire incidents

Lyft had prior recalled its electric bikes from the U.S. market due to a braking malfunction which was proven to be dangerous for riders.

Lyft, Inc ., a transportation company, is reportedly pulling its pink e-bikes from San Francisco, just two months after deployment, as some bikes caught fire while running. According to reports, recently a second case of fire occurred in the city which forced Lyft to pull its product from the market.

Reportedly, Lyft had been working for months on redeploying the fleet so that it could support both dockless electric bikes and docked, non-electric bikes. The way this works is that the electric bikes are locked on public bike racks within a legalized zone in San Francisco and can be used whenever needed. The company had launched its bikes in San José and Oakland on June and July respectively, prior to its San Francisco debut.

According to a Lyft spokesperson, the company has temporarily pulled off its bikes to investigate the cause of fire and update its battery technology if needed. The company won’t rule out the possibility of vandalism in its investigation and are looking forward to making e-bikes available again soon.

Sources cite that the company has exclusive rights to launch dockless e-bikes in San Francisco and has filed a case against the city of San Francisco recently for breaching its contract by negotiating deals with other parties. In addition, Lyft says that they have a 10-year agreement with the city that gives them the sole control over the dockless bike-share market.

Meanwhile, the city has refuted the allegations by stating that Lyft misunderstood the terms of its contract with the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The city claims that Lyft’s exclusivity only concerns docked bikes like its current Bay Wheels stations where rider must physically pull a bike out of one rack and put it in another after completing their ride.

Source Credit: https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/31/20749396/lyft-electric-bikes-pulled-san-francisco-battery-fires-motivate-bay-wheels

About Author

Akshay Kedari     aeresearch.net

Akshay Kedari

A qualified computer engineering graduate, Akshay Kedari takes pride in having his way with words. Following his passion for content creation, he writes insightful pieces on aeresearch.net and a few other portals. Also endorsed with a short-term experience in web deve...

Read More

More News By Akshay Kedari

McDonald’s to leave Russia after 30 years amidst Ukraine’s invasion

McDonald’s to leave Russia after 30 years amidst Ukraine’s invasion

By Akshay Kedari

After Ukraine’s invasion, multinational fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. is reportedly planning to sell all its restaurants in Russia, pulling operations from the nation after 30 years. The world's biggest fast-food chain closed 847 ...

Berlin’s GetHenry bags USD 17.4 Mn seed funding for business expansion

Berlin’s GetHenry bags USD 17.4 Mn seed funding for business expansion

By Akshay Kedari

GetHenry, a Berlin-based company that offers couriers and logistics organizations electric last-mile delivery bikes, has reportedly raised USD 17.4 million seed round to grow its operations across Europe. The latest investment round was led by LocalG...

Ferrari to equip the upcoming Purosangue with its trademark V12 engine

Ferrari to equip the upcoming Purosangue with its trademark V12 engine

By Akshay Kedari

Italian luxury sports car manufacturer Ferrari S.p.A. will equip its much-awaited Purosangue SUV with a 12-cylinder engine, as it focused more on fuel-efficient models. Confirming the news, Ferrari Chief Executive Benedetto Vigna claimed that the com...

White House to spend USD 3 billion on EV battery manufacturing in U.S.

White House to spend USD 3 billion on EV battery manufacturing in U.S.

By Akshay Kedari

According to reliable sources, the Biden administration is planning to provide USD 3 billion in finance to reinforce EV battery manufacturing capabilities in the United States. The apparent funds will be issued by the Department of Energy from Presid...

Telefonica eyeing Israel’s high-tech sector to improve its portfolio

Telefonica eyeing Israel’s high-tech sector to improve its portfolio

By Akshay Kedari

Telefonica S.A. is planning to increase its investments in Israel’s high-tech sector this year, a senior official reported recently. The company, which is Europe’s third-largest telecommunications company, is also eyeing the country&rsquo...