EXPLAINING WHICH SCOOTERS LIME USE
This post first appeared here.
Lime, along with Bird, is one of the two big players in e-scooter dockless sharing. Both companies began in the USA before moving to Europe and elsewhere. They have not come to the UK - except in London's Olympic Park - yet because the government has not yet legalised them for public roads. As great as these schemes are, many people are realising that it makes sense to buy their own e-scooter and thus want to know what scooters they have been riding when using Lime, or a similar.
The answer is simple but does need some discussion. Simply put, Lime uses - or uses variations on - the Xiaomi M365 and the Ninebot-Segway ES2. Lime started out using the Xiaomi M635 e-scooter, which is the one they have been most associated with. This is the e-scooter with both a black and white version and the battery in its base (making the base a couple of inches deep). However, Lime also started putting the Ninebot-Segway ES2 (or the ES4) on the streets (it is not clear why but it is thought that Xiaomi could not meet demand). The ES2 is the one with the battery in the stem and thus a shallower base.
The ES2 Sandwiched by Two M365s
But just to complicate matters, Lime (like Bird) has started commissioning bespoke variations of the scooters, and calling them "next generation" e-scooters. These tend to be slightly less useful for ownership because they are essentially made to stay out on the street - being heavier and larger and thus less mobile. So if you want to buy the same electric scooter as you have been riding, then go for the Xiaomi or the Ninebot-Segway. A comparison of the two can be found here.