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Uber jumps to rescue with £137m investment into rival Lime as companies join forces

Scooter rental company, Lime, announced that Uber is leading a $170 million dollar (£137m) investment round with participation from Alphabet, Bain Capital Ventures, GV and other existing and new investors.

As part of the investment, Lime has acquired Uber's 'JUMP Bikes' business operations and will further expand its mobile app integration with Uber.

The announcement means that in almost all markets where Lime and Uber operate, users will be able to turn to both the Lime and Uber app to access either a scooter or bike for rental.

In addition, the company promoted Wayne Ting to Chief Executive Officer. Wayne joined Lime in October 2018 as Global Head of Operations and Strategy.

Brad Bao will continue as Chairman of the Board working closely with the executive leadership team to ensure that Lime achieves its mission.

“Under Brad’s leadership, we have built Lime into the world’s leading micromobility company that is changing the way millions of people get around their cities. I look forward to building on this foundation with the Lime team in my new role,” said Wayne Ting, CEO of Lime.

“Micromobility will be vital to the new world affected by COVID-19 and we are already seeing this as cities begin to move again. With our new financing and expanded offerings, we are strongly positioned to meet the needs of riders in a safe and reliable way.”

“Lime has pioneered and become the global leader in micromobility, powering over 130 million rides in a few short years with the vision of making our cities greener and more livable,” said Brad Bao, Lime Co-founder and Chairman of the Board.

“In order to achieve that, we focus on creating value for users and cities, and building a long term durable business. I have worked with Wayne for years and know that he is the best person to lead the company through its next stage as we continue to give riders new ways to move around cities” Boa added.

"Lime has the operational expertise and undivided focus needed to build a scaled, sustainable micromobility business,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber.

“We're glad that our customers will continue to have access to bikes and scooters in both our apps because we believe micromobility is a critical part of the urban landscape, now more than ever."

Image credit: Lime


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