Battle Over the Bike Lanes

Melbourne's booming, buzzing scooter population wants a greater run of the road, with a bid by the automotive lobby to allow scooters into bike lanes.

Published: 01-Oct-2008

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce has asked Roads Minister Tim Pallas to consider allowing scooters to use bike lanes on key arterial roads, but Bicycle Victoria strongly opposes it.

VACC spokesman Tim O'Brien said as record numbers of scooters buzz along Melbourne roads, the motorised bikes weren't safe trying to keep pace with other road traffic.

"Lots of scooters are barely more than bikes," Mr O'Brien said.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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