Lime is Coming to Australia
Change is coming here to Australia, an up-to-date news article published the 11th July 2018 in The Australian, explains how big companies are trying to bring in Electric Scooters here in Australia. However, this change is pushing bike hire companies out. The timing couldn’t have been better either, here at Eco Scooters we are fighting to have the Legislation surrounding E-Scooters to be changed and increased, allowing higher motors to 250 Watt and increasing the legal speed limit from 10km/h to 27km/h which is what the E-bikes can do. We have started a Petition with the house of representatives to then be passed over to the Minister.
Not only are these E-scooters a source of great fun, they are also eco-friendly helping protect the environment from our carbon footprints. They assist with the daily commute limiting the cost of upkeeping a vehicle, costs of public transport, battling through traffic that everyone hates and finding parking.
See the entire article from The Australian Right Here:
Dockless share bike companies such as Reddy Go, ofo and oBike may be withdrawing from Australia, but a new potential scourge of the streets is coming: dockless electric scooters.
Lime, which operates scooters and bikes and is backed by international behemoths Google and Uber, says it wants to hire people in Melbourne and Sydney to “revolutionize transportation in your hometown”. Under existing legislation in NSW and Victoria, however, the scooters are illegal.
Lime is advertising to recruit a community affairs manager, a director of government affairs, a general manager and “launchers” to be “ultimately responsible for ensuring Lime’s success in each of our new markets”. The community affairs manager will need “pure hustle”, according to its advertisement, to help share the company’s vision for “game-changing transportation solutions”.
Founded in January last year, the San Francisco-based start-up runs electric scooters that can reach 23.8km/h with small 250W motors. In the US, it costs $US1 ($1.34) to unlock the scooter, after which users can ride them for US15c a minute. Lime has passed six million rides with its e-scooters, e-bikes and pedal bikes, and says it has offset more than 2375 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Earlier this week the company announced it had raised $335 million by partnering with Google Ventures (GV) and Uber, among other major businesses.
“The new funds will give us the ability to expand our operations globally, develop new technologies and products for consumers and build out our infrastructure and team,” founders Toby Sun and Brad Bao said. “As electric scooters grow in popularity and become a more beloved way to travel short distances, the partnership adds to Uber’s vision of becoming a transportation platform for people around the globe.”
Unlike dockless share bikes, which fell afoul of littering laws, electric scooters are explicitly named in NSW and Victoria as illegal. “Powered foot scooters” are on the “prohibited vehicles” list, the NSW Roads and Maritime Services website says. In Victoria, motorised scooters can have a maximum output of 200W and cannot travel faster than 10km/h. “If your motorised scooter is classed as a motor vehicle it can only be used on the road if it is registered and the rider has a motorcycle or learner permit,” VicRoads said.
Reddy Go, the Sydney-based share bike company, this week announced it was “restructuring” its business and offering two free bikes to its users. Another bike share company, ofo, also announced it was pulling out of Australia. Mobike remains the only major player in Australia.