I was riding at shops yesterday evening when I was accosted by a guy on one of these 'e-bikes' - he was full of how great it was and suggesting I should get one.
What really surprised me was that it was unregistered - he said he doesn't need a licence or rego in Victoria because it was electric and not more than 200 Watts. He said because it had pedals he was able to ride it in bike lanes or any where else a push bike was legal.
Top speed speed is 25km/hr and a single charge takes you 100km. He said if battery runs flat, he just pedals home. He said it only cost $300 - but I suspect that must have been 2nd hand (!?)
I was curious if anyone else had seen them around. I suspect they could become the scourge of commuting bike lanes in cities like Melbourne. Plus IMO them being in same category as a pushies is only going to lead to more calls for both these and push-bikes to be licensed / registered / regulated more.