Lime is the latest micromobility startup to be rocked by battery fires


  • A Lime bike caught on fire in Seattle last week, as did the company’s warehouse.
  • Fires have plagued the quickly growing micromobility industry, which relies on small electric vehicles to power its fleets of bikes, scooters, and more.
  • A Lime representative said the isolated incident appeared to be caused by vandalism.
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Micromobility startup Lime is the latest victim of bike and scooter fires that have plagued many startups in the quickly growing industry.

Two overnight fires broke out at the Uber-backed company’s warehouse in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle last week, the local news website MyBallard reports. The fire department responded twice in the same night after the fires reignited, a common pattern with fires involving lithium-ion batteries.

A video of a Lime bike on fire near the University of Washington campus also surfaced last week on Reddit. A fire department official told Crosscut that it’s likely the first time a crew has responded to a bike fire.

Exploding Lime Bike battery on UW campus … yikes! fromr/Seattle