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Green Electricity for Lime Scooters
"The independent contractors who charge scooters for Lime [in Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County, Maryland] will now get incentives to use clean energy when 'juicing' their batteries," according to an article by Sarah Holder.
"Battery-charging, however, is far from the biggest carbon impact attributed to dockless mobility," adds Holder. But, still there is work to be done in several aspects of the supply and operations of electric scooters.
"Lime’s announcement comes on the heels of a report released in August by North Carolina State University, where researchers found that the supply chains that bring scooters to your neighborhoods and maintain them exact most of their carbon emissions toll."
The new charging program is designed to catalyze its community of "juicers" to make the switch. "To help chargers make the switch, Lime is partnering with Inspire, a company that provides Netflix-like subscriptions of 100-percent renewable energy streams to renters and homeowners," according to Holder. "Inspire will offer each Lime charger a $160 clean energy credit when they sign up, which will be deducted from their electric bill."