Lime e-scooters roll back into Phoenix after 2-plus years away

Jun 15, 2022, 8:00 PM

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PHOENIX – More than two years after riding out of the Valley, Lime returned to Phoenix this week with an updated version of its electric scooters.

“Lime is thrilled to be back and grateful for the opportunity to provide Phoenix residents and visitors with a safe, sustainable and equitable way of getting around,” Karla Owunwanne, senior director of government relations for the San Francisco-based shared electric vehicle company, said in a press release Tuesday.

In early 2020, Lime pulled out of the Phoenix area and 11 other U.S. markets where the company was struggling to attain profitability.

Lime’s bright green-trimmed two-wheelers are now back in Phoenix’s shared e-scooters pilot program, joining Razor, Spin and Bird. The program started in September 2019 and has been extended at least through March 2023.

“We look forward to working with the city and with our community partners to ensure our shared electric vehicles help Phoenix continue to grow equitably and sustainably, create local jobs and spur economic activity as this city continues to thrive,” Owunwanne said.

The company is deploying its Gen4 scooters, which have two-sided kickstands to keep them from being knocked over when parked, in downtown Phoenix.

Gen4 has swept-back handlebars with more comfortable grips, dual hand brakes, a lower baseboard for easier use and larger wheels for a smoother, more stable ride.

In addition, the devices have swappable batteries, which makes it easier to keep them charged.

Also new is the Lime Access equity program, which reduces the cost for low-income users. Phoenix residents who are eligible for federal, state or city subsidies, including Medicaid or SNAP, can participate in the program.

“We are proud to be bringing our industry leading Gen4 e-scooters and our groundbreaking Lime Access program, both of which demonstrate our commitment to making the investments needed to partner with the city to meet its unique transportation needs for the long haul,” Owunwanne said.

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Lime e-scooters roll back into Phoenix after 2-plus years away