Today, Divvy becomes the first U.S. bikeshare system to incorporate ebike charging stations

Today, Divvy becomes the first U.S. bikeshare system to incorporate ebike charging stations

Our new Lyft ebike that we brought to Chicago last December is the first fleet ebike in the U.S. capable of on-street charging in docks. We have installed the first five electrified Divvy stations capable of charging the new Lyft ebike model. The first-in-the-nation charging stations will increase overall Divvy ebike availability for riders and will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with operating the Divvy fleet.

The new Lyft ebike is the first shared ebike in the U.S. capable of on-street charging. As more charging stations are brought on line, Lyft anticipates a significant reduction in the vehicle miles needed to maintain the fleet by reducing the number of ebikes that require manual battery swaps. The initial five charging stations are located at:

● Wilton Ave & Diversey Pkwy

● Lincoln Ave & Roscoe St

● Bissell St & Armitage Ave

● Green St & Randolph St

● Morgan St & Lake St

“Electrified charging stations are a game changer for Divvy and for bikeshare systems globally,” said Caroline Samponaro, VP of Transit, Bikes and Scooter Policy at Lyft. “Riders will appreciate finding more ebikes charged and ready to go when they want them. With the introduction of electrified stations, Lyft expects Divvy ebikes will be charged using fewer van trips to swap batteries––cutting the carbon emissions associated with operating the system. This is a win-win for the City of Chicago, the Divvy system, and Divvy riders.”