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Lyft pulls its electric bike fleet after some catch fire

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Transportation network company Lyft is pulling its pink electric bicycles from the streets of San Francisco due to some of them catching fire while in use.

The Lyft bikes are one of the ride-hailing company’s new dockless mobility options and are operated by the Lyft-owned bikeshare company Motivate.

The Verge reports Lyft had spent months working on redeploying the fleet so that it could support both docked, non-electric bikes and dockless electric ones.

The new bikes have been operating in San Jose since June and in Oakland since July 12th, shortly before the San Francisco debut, according to The Verge.

The company is reportedly pulling the bikes to investigate the issue. The company said that there have been no reported injuries due to the e-bikes.

‘Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily making the e-bike fleet unavailable to riders while we investigate and update our battery technology,’ a spokesperson for Lyft told The Verge.

 
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