EXPLAINING WHICH SCOOTERS LIME USE
Written by Ed Wiles, Scootered Founder
Lime, along with Bird, is one of the two biggest players in e-scooter sharing (hire schemes). Both companies began in the USA before spreading to Europe and elsewhere. They have not come to the UK - except in London's Olympic Park - yet because the government has not yet legalised them for public roads. As great as these schemes are, many users are realising that it makes sense to buy their own electric scooter and thus want to know which e-scooters they have been riding when using Lime, or a similar scheme like Bird.
The answer bears some discussion. Simply put, Lime first used the Xiaomi M365, then added the Ninebot-Segway ES2 before moving on to bespoke scooters. Lime started out using the Xiaomi M635 e-scooter in 2018, which is the one they have been most associated with. This is the e-scooter with both a black and white version and the battery in its base (making the base a couple of inches deep). However, Lime also started putting the Ninebot-Segway ES2 (or the ES4) on the streets (it is not clear why but it is thought that Xiaomi could not meet demand). The ES2 is the one with the battery in the stem and thus a shallower base.
The ES2 Sandwiched by Two M365s
But just to complicate matters, Lime started commissioning bespoke variations of the scooters, and calling them "next generation" e-scooters. These tend to be slightly less useful for ownership because they are essentially made to stay out on the street - being heavier and larger (and thus less "mobile"). So, basically, if you want to buy the same e-scooter as you have been riding, then go a Xiaomi or Ninebot-Segway. The M365 has itself been updated to the Xiaomi 1S.