Transportation startup Lime is shutting down LimePod, its car-sharing service that it launched final November in Seattle. Lime plans to begin eradicating its automobiles from the streets of Seattle subsequent month and can utterly shut down the service by the top of the 12 months. The information was first reported by GeekWire.
Lime has operated a pilot program in Seattle since final 12 months and is ready to conclude on the finish of the 12 months. All through this system, greater than 18,000 folks took greater than 200,000 journeys in LimePods, in keeping with a Lime spokesperson. At launch, the plan was to discover carsharing for brief distances and finally change its automobiles with an all-electric fleet. Lime, nevertheless, isn’t trying to make LimePods a everlasting fixture of town at this level.
“While the program was a great learning experience, at our core, we are an electric mobility company first,” Lime wrote in an e-mail to LimePod customers. “We are committed — like Seattle is — to sustainability, lower carbon emissions, and to make cities more livable, all of which require reduced car travel.”
Moreover, Lime mentioned it was not capable of finding the suitable associate for its LimePod’s electrical fleet, which led to the choice to finish this system on the finish of the pilot interval.
“We deeply appreciate our partnership with the Seattle community and the opportunity to collaborate on our LimePod Pilot Program,” a Lime spokesperson informed TechCrunch. “The experience is a testament to the city’s forward-looking position on the future of transportation and the necessity of sustainable options for citizens. We are similarly committed to that goal and the information gained during our pilot will support the work necessary should we decide to expand and improve this service with an all-electric fleet in the future.”
Lime, which acquired its beginnings as a bike-share firm, has deployed its scooters and bikes in additional than 100 cities within the U.S. and greater than 20 worldwide cities. Not too long ago, Lime hit 100 million rides throughout its micromobility automobiles. Clearly, Lime sees extra of a future with shared bikes and scooters than it does with vehicles.
Earlier this 12 months, Lime raised a $310 million Sequence D spherical led by Bain Capital Ventures and others. That spherical valued the startup at $2.four billion.