AARESS service will be available for new owners of Australia’s first eBike-powered electric vehicles, after a pilot project was started in Sydney.AARES is the new name of Australian Bicycle Owners Association, which was formed in September to help the fledgling industry.
The group will provide the technology to help drivers and cyclists of all abilities get around.
Its a project that started with the launch of the first e-bike service, but has now become a multi-million dollar business.
The e-bikes that will be equipped with the AARRS technology include the Cannondale Pro2, the Trek e-Motion, the Raleigh Cycles and the Kona Fuzzy.
The eBikes are currently limited to the ACT and Victoria.
AARESS president and CEO Tony Gough said he was looking forward to seeing the e-vehicles and bikes used by the public, especially people who might not be familiar with the eBiking movement.
“The fact that they are being designed to be able to be a fun and affordable alternative to cars is great news for us,” he said.
“We hope that our involvement in the industry will help bring it to more people.”
It’s the first time e-Bike services have been offered in Australia, and the launch will be followed by a nationwide rollout in 2018.
While the technology will be used by cyclists in the ACT, it will be offered by the wider Australian market.
The company said its aim is to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to driving, and help to make the road safer for everyone.
In the first stage of testing, the Aaress team will test the eVans on the A6 Sydney to Goulburn, and a second trial on the Sydney to Bondi.
It is hoped that the trials will produce a number of positive results, which will allow AARERS to expand to other cities.
Tony Gough and company plan to launch the first service in Melbourne in 2019.
Mr Gough says the company is not looking for investors and will rely on local people to help it grow.
He said it was an exciting time for Australian e-commerce and eBicycling, and he hoped the AARS name would help it continue to build on its existing presence.
There are currently two eBicycle shops in the state, the Vans and a number more, but AARIES will not be one of them.