If the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown, was the perfect place to launch our new product range, UBCON19 was the perfect time to do it. With distributors, dealers and partners from around the world attending this annual event, excitement was high as we unveiled the latest additions to our electric vehicle family.
Here at UBCO, our goal is to enable people to do inspiring stuff. Inspirational journeys, exploring our planet, saving our parks, working smarter and safer. People want a better world, and we want our products to help people make a difference in it. This is what drives what we do, and the thinking behind our latest release of product.
The Product Platform
Our focus has been on developing a complete product platform which enables our customers to power their purpose. By providing a range of vehicles, power supplies, accessories and subscription software, we are delivering an integrated product set that leverages the benefit of modern electric drive and battery technology without compromise, this is the biggest single release of product in the company’s history and represents 2 years of work from the whole team.
We launched the following at UBCON19 in Queenstown:
- Two variants of the 5th Generation 2×2 Utility Bike;
- 3 variants of the KXH Portable Power System at 40, 50 and 60 Ah;
- The Freeride trail bike FRX1;
- A limited edition UBCO 3 Wise Men Urban 2×2 – with a complete capsule range of clothing and accessories from 3 Wise men;
- Fully integrated telematics for both 4th and 5th Generation 2×2 enabling advanced individual and fleet management;
- UBCO Journeys – a Docked Ridesharing business targeting tourism locations globally.
This continues to support the commercial growth in our business (we recently moved past 100 dealers globally). With production scaling to meet demand and new appointments in engineering, and supply chain in both New Zealand and Asia we’re hitting our stride and then some!
Introducing the 2020 2×2 Utility Bike
The UBCO 2×2 has had 4 generations in use, and the 5th generation sees a huge range of advancements delivered through the introduction of two new models. Both bikes share a common new generation drive train and power system, vehicle management system, telematics, control clusters, frame and structure, significantly enhancing the application utility of both bikes.
CPO Tom Hayward led the team and provided an insight into their development.
“These new bikes are the culmination of 18 months of iterative development and we are stoked with the new 2×2. It delivers on so many areas where we have learnt from our customers and users and it is satisfying to see the dealer and distributor responses to the new products” – Tom Hayward
2x2ADV – The Adventure Bike
The 2×2 Adventure Bike continues our dual-purpose tradition with full road compliance in Australasia, United States and Europe. This bike packs a full portable power supply for those adventures on- or off-road. Its high spec is targeted at a recreational customer. An urban adventure today, an off-road adventure tomorrow, if you have adventure running through your veins, this is the bike for you.
2x2WK – The Work Bike
An unashamed return to UBCO’s roots. This pure off-road work horse is for the farmer, hunter, property owner and outdoors person. Simplified to its essence rendered in all black, out of the box with lever guards and full off-road tires. The 2×2 Work Bike is ready for a hard day’s work and the perfect machine for getting the job done. This is the lightest and simplest 2×2 to date.
KXH Portable Power System
This is a new product range for UBCO. Providing external power on the go.
Portable power has been at the core of the 2×2 modular design since the outset with the power accessible off the console. 2020 sees this become a completely stand-alone product capable of working both inside and outside the vehicle.
This new product comes in a rugged exo-frame to match its applications in the real world with multiple directions to carry and use. With 12v and 5v ports out it can power a wide range of your devices with a largest total capacity of 60Ah. The Exo frame enables it to be carried easily and attached to the bike, the garage or your vehicle.
The KXH doubles as the power supply of the 2×2 which means you can travel into your work or adventures and then use the portable power supply with ease. Effectively providing on demand power like a generator. It can be easily removed from its protective frame and placed into the bike.
The new cell structure design focuses on safety and reliability with a battery management system designed with advanced data recording, communication and monitoring features. It has charger detect, which means the bike knows when it is plugged in so cannot operate when charging and comes standard with a battery. Lock provides piece of mind when bike is parked up.
The KX3.0 (in the Exo-Frame) will be available for purchase separately.
Due to market in 2020 is the FRX1. Whether you’re taking on the local tracks, or working in serious hill country, the FRX1 is one of the new wave of lightweight free ride trail bikes. No compromise on power but delivering it in a very lightweight envelope.
“The FRX1 is targeted at the mainstream customer who would not traditionally have ridden a heavy motorcross bike, but will equally appeal to the experienced rider delivering a new riding format that will surprise ” Justin Pagirys
It extends the core range providing additional power for hard to reach places where vertical climbing is considered essential. The FRX1 fits so well into the UBCO platform, we are excited to be delivering this innovative trailbike into people’s hands in 2020.
UBCO 3 Wise Men – Limited Edition Bike
A clever collaboration between two kiwi companies. We’ve collaborated with leading menswear company 3 Wise Men to create an urban bike to ‘Move Beautifully’. This slick design features a huge range of customisations including a handcrafted leather seat, new deep midnight paint job, leather battery belt, tan diagonally patterned pillow grips and black drop mirrors, new machined polycarbonate headlight lense, leather key ring, and even a special rack for the canvas leather satchel that comes with each bike.
Richard Miles team at 3 Wise Men created a smart urban range including Waxed Cotton Quilted Jacket, a Range of Shirts, Merino/Coolmax Jumper, Jeans, Satchel, Wallet, Bill Fold and Key ring. These are now available for purchase online and at selected 3 Wise Men stores. 5 limited edition bikes will be arriving in store from December in New Zealand.
And stay tuned. This bike is so great we are looking at extending it into production to deliver to our distribution partners globally.
UBCO’s engineering team have developed an innovative integrated telematic control unit (TCU) that seamlessly works with the proprietary Vehicle Management System (VMS). Through a 9-Axis Accelerometer, Gyro, GPS, GSM the UBCO vehicle platform can now integrate into any telemetry system globally for advanced fleet management and control. Rob Beck, UBCO CTO has been instrumental in the architecture and development of the whole telematic solution at UBCO.
“This brings a lot of threads that have been under development together to give a full IOT solution for the whole UBCO Product Platform” – Rob Beck
Leveraging the TCU, Journeys is a new business targeting the destination tourism market. Our new Rideshare platform was developed in conjunction with the team at Kwikli in Auckland, led by Rushabh Trivedy and his brother Prashant.
The Journey has always been a part of our DNA, and UBCO Journeys enables people to experience the freedom of riding in amazing places around the world from the urban to outdoor environment.
The first pilot container will be commissioned in New Zealand and be operational by January 2020. Phil Harrison from global sustainability leader Anthesis is stoked to be helping to drive the concept forward with the help of the Anthesis Venture Investment into Journeys. “As a fast-growing global sustainability company, we are partnering with leading sustainable technology companies and we see UBCO as one of these, being here for the release has emphasized how innovative they are, and we are excited to be partnering with the UBCO Team”.