Electric Bikes & Trikes for Aust Post
Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on December 9th, 2008
The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #87, 25 November 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.
â€œPosties have begun a trial of electric bicycles and tricycles in a plan to combat soaring fuel prices and be more environmentally friendly. Australia Post staff will take to bikes in Adelaide first but plans to roll out the trial to Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. â€¦. â€˜We are testing electric bicycles and tricycles, which are more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly ways to deliver the mail than motorbikes, spokesman Joshua Zugajev said.â€˜We have no intention to replace all our motorcycles, but rising fuel costs and a need for cleaner forms of transport mean trialling these electric bikes makes perfect sense,” Mr Zugajev said. The electric bicycles and tricycles were quicker than walking, made less noise than motorcycles, were virtually pollution-free and used rechargeable ion batteries, he added. They are assisted by an electric motor, which means the rider still pedals but receives a significant boost from the motor.â€
Ref: Elissa Doherty, Courier Mail, 28/9/08