Electric bikes for hire ‘will offer Londoners sweat-free cycling’

A Chinese bike-sharing firm has developed electric bicycles which it hopes to launch in London as a “sweat-free and fun” way to get to work.   Mobike​ , which already operates a conventional pay-as-you-ride service in the capital, has showcased a lightweight e-bike that uses hybrid and full electric power. The company says the bikes could transform how Londoners travel, cutting Tube and bus journeys.

Mobike launched its dockless bike-sharing scheme in London last year along with Obike, but was criticised after bikes were dumped. This week Mobike warned it could leave Manchester after 10 per cent of its fleet there was damaged, stolen or thrown in the canal. The Beijing-based company hired Dutch design firm Springtime to create the orange and grey cycles, which are described as “lightweight and comfortable”. Features include a central mobile phone holder for navigation and a seat that is adjustable with one hand.

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