Bike-sharing service provider Motivate is planning to expand its offerings in San Francisco by including electric versions of the GoBikes by Ford. The vehicles will be available to the customers and they won’t even have to shell out any extra amount to get that. The electric GoBikes will cost same as Ford’s regular ones. The customers will be able to unlock the vehicles by making use of the accompanying app or the Clipper card.
Initially Motivate will rollout 250 bikes across the hilly city. These GoBikes will give the riders an extra amount (18 mph) of boost while pedaling. So, they will still be able to ride their bikes on the bike lanes. This is not the first time that San Francisco is getting their hands on this type of bikes. Uber-owned company Jump has already brought them to town. However, unlike Jump’s bikes, Ford’s electric GoBikes feature batteries that can be removed. So, Motivate will be able to change them on the streets instead of taking the rides away. Eventually, Motivate believes that the bikes will be charged via their very own docking stations.
Currently, 262 Ford GoBike stations are there across the San Francisco Bay Area, with around 2,600 bikes. By the end of this year, Motivate plans to install over 540 stations with 7,000 bikes in total. If the company executes the vision, it would become the second-largest bike-sharing plan in entire North America.