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Lyft has pulled its entire electric bike fleet from the streets of San Francisco and two other Bay Area cities after a number of cases of exploding batteries.
Pictures shared on social media of burnt out bikes clearly reveal that the bike's battery – conveniently located close to riders' crotches – is to blame.
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In one pic of an e-bike docked in its official station on a main road in San Francisco, the battery has burst apart and splattered its contents over the bike, sidewalk, and charging station.
There have been at least two other cases of battery fires in this little ol' corner of the United States: on Wednesday, a passerby reported seeing another one of the bikes catch fire, again in San Francisco, and last week a burning bike was reported on a university campus in Berkeley.
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Lyft, a upstart better known for its car sharing service, confirmed that the sudden disappearance of roughly 1,000 e-bikes on Thursday morning was due to a recall. "Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily making the eBike fleet unavailable to riders while we investigate and update our battery technology," the company said in a statement.
The bikes were first introduced in San Jose – the heart of Silicon Valley – in June and have since expanded to San Francisco, Oakland and other Bay Area locales earlier this month.
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The bikes themselves are actually a second iteration of the product. Lyft bought bike-sharing company Motivate last year and used that company's bikes to roll out its service but they were pulled after the brakes kept failing.
The new bikes were supposed to rebuild momentum behind the idea of electrically powered short-distance transportation within cities, something...
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