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Changing the World – NZ Herald Focus

By March 2, 2018 No Comments

Kiwi technology company Ubco says its new two-wheel drive electric bike has the potential to redefine electric travel both on and off the road.
The award-winning company, which first tasted success at the 2014 National Agriculture Fieldays, has become a global leader in the development of 2-wheel drive utility electric vehicles (UEVs).
But where earlier models were for off-road use only, the 2018 UBCO 2×2 is street legal and equally suited to on and off-road use.

“It’s what we call a dual-use 2×2,” Ubco sales manager Russell Lake said.

“So for some people that will mean just getting to and from work in a quiet, easy-to-ride, sustainable manner, but for other people it’s going to be a farm vehicle or for tourism, conservation work, lifestyle block hunting or fishing.”

Lake said the bike’s moped classification meant drivers only needed a car licence to ride it and its road-worthy componentry as well as permanent two-wheel-drive meant it could handle steep goat tracks just as well as flat suburban roads.

“What we are trying to create is a sustainable utility vehicle that’s electric and simple to own and operate that removes those barriers that a traditional motorcycle might create.”

Lake said the bike had a range of between 70km and 120km and while a full battery recharge would take about seven hours, the fact it could be removed within seconds meant swapping batteries, or putting the bike on a standard bike rack, meant riders had other options if they did not want to wait.

Lake said the first shipment of the new $8000 2018 model had already sold out and the company was in the process of increasing its manufacturing and supply capabilities so it could meet unexpectedly high demand.

Thanks to Tristram Clayton for your time, and the NZ Hearald. Original source: Could Kiwi firm Ubco change world travel with dual-use bike?