Micromobility operator, Lime is partnering with Innov8 and Gouach to upcycle used e-scooter and e-bike batteries.
Under this partnership, Lime batteries that can no longer power shared transportation will be used in portable battery packs for phones and other devices. These auxiliary batteries will be marketed under Innov8’s Muvit brand.
Gouach will reuse or recycle 100 percent of the cells from Lime’s batteries for Innov8 to manufacture in its workshops in France.
Through this process, Lime’s upcycled e-bike and e-scooter batteries will initially be used to produce 10,000 consumer phone batteries. Ultimately, Lime hopes the partnership will enable the use of refurbished cells in batteries for its own vehicles.
Lime designed its Gen4 e-scooters and e-bikes to be modular, so parts can be easily reused or replaced without needing to retire the entire vehicle.
This partnership builds on Lime’s previous initiatives to upcycle batteries. For example, last year, Lime worked with Gomi to repurpose 50,000 battery cells from e-bikes for use in portable Bluetooth speakers.
In addition, through a partnership with The Cacophony Project and 2040 Limited, Lime’s batteries are used to power thermal cameras that use machine vision to protect New Zealand’s rare and endangered birds.
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