Lyft yanks e-bikes from San Francisco after possible battery fires – CNET

Lyft rolled out its new e-bike model to the Bay Area in June.


Lyft debuted its new electric bike model just last month, and it's already having issues with the vehicle. One of its e-bike's battery packs, which are connected to the bike frame, appears to have exploded in San Francisco on Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

This is the second time this has reportedly happened in the past week. Another e-bike appeared to have caught fire in the city on Saturday. The aftermath of what happened was captured by Twitter user Zach Rutta. "Don't think I'll be going on a @lyft @baywheels any time soon. Yikes," he tweeted.

The San Francisco Fire Department told the Examiner that the fire wasn't suspicious and it classified the incident as a "battery pack issue" and a "fire from battery pack."

Lyft immediately pulled its e-bikes from the city, saying it wanted to be proactive and put rider safety first. Lyft said it's had no reports of injuries.

"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 Lyft spokeswoman said in an email. "Thanks to our riders for their patience and we look forward to making e-bikes available again soon."

After acquiring bike rental startup Motivate last year, Lyft became the largest bike operator in the US, with rentals in cities across the country. In the Bay Area, Lyft has roughly 1,000 e-bikes out on city streets. It operates those bicycles under the name Bay Wheels.

This isn't the first time Lyft has experienced issues with its bikes. The company had to pull an earlier model of its e-bikes from New York and San Francisco in April after overly responsive brakes sent riders flying over the handlebars.

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