The operator Lime is acquiring a new self-service electric two-wheeler with Citra, deployed as part of a pilot program in a Californian city.
Clearly don’t expect to see Citra – the new electric contraption Lime showcased in a blog post – on the streets of Paris or France anytime soon. The operator behind the service of scooters, bicycles and electric scooters is experimenting with a brand new machine in a Californian city, Long Beach more precisely.
Citra is not really a bicycle, nor a trendy scooter: it is located halfway between these two categories of vehicle. It is also difficult to qualify it as a moped despite its acceleration handle, which belongs to the segment of mopeds, which must however respect certain rules in France (license plate, insurance).
Still an experimental project
Let’s say that for the moment, this experimental project is confined to American laws which allow it to be put into circulation there also in self-service. Citra being precisely a pilot program, Lime reserves the right to stop it in a few months or to develop it on a larger scale in the near future.
As with its other vehicles, the company wants to focus on “ security, accessibility and ease of use “. If it does not give any details on the operation of Citra, we imagine that a QR Code system to be scanned via its application is in the game to unlock the two-wheeler and start its journey.
A littletop box placed at the back allows you to store some personal belongings. Lime has also added front and rear indicators, a real horn (and not a bell that is usually found on a bicycle), thicker tires to better absorb small irregularities in the road as well as a telephone support. on the handlebar.
Price and technical sheet: a mystery
In the photos, a central stand is also on the menu in order to park the vehicle in a stable and safe manner. For the moment, no technical data (speed, acceleration, autonomy) has been communicated by the manufacturer. The latter also ignores the price list of its offer.
It will be interesting to see if Lime expands this project to other US cities, or even European markets like France. Provided you comply with the laws inherent in mopeds.
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