As Lyft struggles with electric bikes, Uber is upgrading its batteries to make them lighter and more easy to charge
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- Uber on Wednesday unveiled a new scooter model and an upgraded Jump bike battery.
- The new battery system comes as Lyft's electric bikes remain offline, as they have since March and will remain until at least September.
- See everything Uber announced at its Elevate conference this week here.
Uber appears to be taking the lead on rentable, electric bicycles.On Wednesday, the company announced a new battery for its Jump bikes as well as a completely new scooter model with bigger, more rugged wheels and heftier brakes.Advertisement
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Uber's latest investments in the Jump system, which it acquired in April 2018, come as its closest competitor, Lyft, struggles with electric bikes.Uber, meanwhile, is all in.Advertisement
Holt said that by next year the company hopes to have battery kiosks distributed throughout a city, where anyone, even riders, can swap waning batteries for freshly charged cells.
"A courier that has a few minutes before an order they could easily pick up a battery and swap," Holt said, adding that Uber is "not just stopping with bikes and scooters. Our vision with Uber is to provide a truly multi modal transportation platform."Advertisement
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