Uber Jump e-Bikes Scrapped and Destroyed After Lime Deal

Outraging cycling enthusiasts.

By
Tech
7,825 Hypes 6 Comments

Following a new deal between Uber and mobility start-up Lime for the sale of the former’s Jump e-bike business, many of its older electric bicycle and scooter models are now being scrapped for recycling.

Videos of the scrapping process surfaced on the Internet, depicting massive amounts of Jump’s bikes being crushed at a recycling plant in North Carolina. The revelation caused backlash and outrage among cycling enthusiasts, some of whom described the footage as “hard to watch,” criticizing Uber for not donating them to charities or others in need. In response, both Uber and Lime have issued statements explaining the decision behind scrapping the older models instead of reusing or donating them.

“As part of our recent deal, Lime took possession of tens of thousands of new model Jump bikes and scooters,” says an Uber spokesperson. “We explored donating the remaining, older-model bikes, but given many significant issues — including maintenance, liability, safety concerns, and a lack of consumer-grade charging equipment — we decided the best approach was to responsibly recycle them.”

A spokesperson from Lime also commented: “As part of the Jump acquisition, we took possession of tens of thousands of e-bikes — including the spare parts and tools to fix them — and have already begun to deploy them. We have not recycled any of the Jump e-bikes in our fleet and are committed to scaling and operating them during this critical time. Once the transaction officially closes, we plan to work with Uber to find sustainable ways to donate and re-use any remaining e-bikes in their inventory.”

Elsewhere in the tech world, SpaceX’s first crewed spacecraft launch was postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Travis Scott Drops a Full "Cactus Trails" Merch Collection
Fashion

Travis Scott Drops a Full "Cactus Trails" Merch Collection

Accompanying his upcoming Air Max 270 React collaboration.

Stream Lil Yachty's New Album 'Lil Boat 3'
Music

Stream Lil Yachty's New Album 'Lil Boat 3'

Featuring A$AP Rocky, Tierra Whack, Tyler, the Creator, Young Thug, and more.

adidas' Continental 80 Receives Retro "Collegiate Green" Makeover
Footwear

adidas' Continental 80 Receives Retro "Collegiate Green" Makeover

Remodeling the court classic.


Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist Scheme in Unison on 'Alfredo'
Music

Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist Scheme in Unison on 'Alfredo'

Stream the seasoned veterans’ collaborative project now.

Harrods Is Opening a Temporary Outlet for Its Upcoming Summer Sale
Fashion

Harrods Is Opening a Temporary Outlet for Its Upcoming Summer Sale

With stock overhang compiled during three months of forced closure.

The adidas YEEZY SLIDE is Soon to release in "Core" and "Soot"
Footwear

The adidas YEEZY SLIDE is Soon to release in "Core" and "Soot"

Set to release this fall.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.

Help Support Us

We need ads to keep the lights on and to continue providing free news to our readers. We’d appreciate your support by whitelisting HYPEBEAST on your ad blocker. That way you can keep reading all the great stories for free.

If you have already whitelisted us, simply refresh this page. To find out how to whitelist us, click the button below.

Back

Add Us to Whitelist

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads. Most ad blockers have similar whitelisting steps and settings. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Adblock Plus

  1. Click on the red ABP icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
  2. Click “Enabled on this site” to disable ad blocking for the current site. In Firefox click “disable on HYPEBEAST”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Adblock

  1. Click the AdBlock hand icon.
  2. Click “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.
  3. A new “Don’t run AdBlock on…” dialog may be displayed in the middle of the screen.
  4. Move the “Site” slider to the right. After that, click “Exclude”.
  5. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

uBlock

  1. Click the uBlock icon.
  2. Click the large blue “power” button in the menu that appears to whitelist the current website.
  3. Reload the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Firefox Browser

Firefox Tracking Protection may activate our whitelist notice, which can be disabled temporarily for a browsing session by clicking the shield icon in the URL bar and following the instructions.

Disconnect

  1. Click the Disconnect icon.
  2. Click “Whitelist site”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.