Lyft pulls e-bikes from San Francisco after battery fires

Dive Brief:
Just two months after returning to San Francisco streets, Lyft has pulled more than 1,000 e-bikes from the city after multiple vehicles caught fire.

It is unclear what caused the fires, although the issue appears to be limited only to bikes in the Bay Area. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily making the e-bike fleet unavailable to riders while we investigate and update our battery technology,” Lyft said in a statement to Smart Cities Dive.

The issue has prompted pushback from lawmakers and regulators. In a statement, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) said it has an inquiry into Lyft “as to the circumstances surrounding this incident as well as to how they intend to prevent any future fires and ensure the safety of customers and the ongoing operability of the bikesharing system.”