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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wellington City Mayor tests battery electric green bicycle...

Celia Wade-Brown, who last year famously peddled to Wellington Airport to welcome the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave a new battery-powered bicycle a test run around the capital.

She tried out two eZee electric bikes, riding from Island Bay to Oriental Parade.

Wade-Brown said the extra zip in the front wheel would take ten minutes off her commute to the council chambers. It would also have a cosmetic bonus.

 "I usually aim to arrive not red in the face and sweating, but if I was going up some of the hills like Khandallah, this would enable me to arrive looking more mayoral and less sweaty," she said.

Electric Bike Hub director Jace Hobbs, who has been importing the bikes to New Zealand, said electric bikes could go up to 30km per hour.

It comes with a lithium battery which can be recharged by plugging in to the wall and cost between $2300 and $3650 depending on the model, including delivery and GST.

Wade-Brown said riding the electric green bike was "not cheating", but "helping" cyclists face uphill roads and strong winds.

"You'll be peddling at the same level intensity and just go faster. No need to use it downhill.

 "It will make it more accessible for more people of all ages," she said.

Wade-Brown was not planning on treating herself to an eZee, though she was keen to upgrade by getting a battery installed on her bike for $1790.

The bikes were also available at The Bikes Hutt in Upper Hutt.
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