UBCO and Meridian Energy are proud to announce that they have entered into a partnership that will see more of the feisty UBCO Electric Utility Bikes on the roads and farms of New Zealand.
The partnership will see savings all round, with Meridian customers eligible to purchase an UBCO 2×2 at 10% off the usual retail price from selected dealers throughout the country (click here for the full promotional details).
“This is a huge step for UBCO,” says UBCO CEO Timothy Allan.
“Meridian is the undisputed leader in the generation of clean energy in New Zealand – to have their endorsement of UBCO is recognition that we’re well on the way towards achieving our goal of designing the ideal electric utility bike for New Zealand conditions.”
Dave Greenwood, Meridian’s National Manager of Agribusiness, said that the partnership was another way that the company was supporting the uptake of electric vehicles – including on the farm.
“UBCO has a great product and one that we believe will be of benefit to many of our customers.
“This partnership is another way that Meridian is demonstrating its commitment to electric transport, by encouraging our customers to convert to electric and take advantage of the benefits of renewable energy and provide our customers with the opportunity to reduce their emissions and help combat climate change,” he said.
It has been an action-packed year for UBCO, with the company releasing a fully road legal version of their 2×2 now being distributed throughout New Zealand and Australia, with the aim of reaching the UK and Europe within the next year.”
The 2018 UBCO 2×2 is a game changer for the company. Officially classified as a moped/scooter/motor-driven cycle, the bike can be driven on-road with as little as a learner car driver license and can transition from off-road to on-road and back.
With no clutch or drive-train, no emissions, and no noise, and being two-wheel drive, with a powerful removable battery and digitally connected engine control unit, the bike truly defines the word ‘utility’ and is winning accolades and investors around the world.
Last month the bike won the 2018 Fieldays International Innovation Award – an accolade to founders Daryl Neal and Anthony Clyde, who visualised an electric utility bike that would replace the ubiquitous two-stroke farm bike more than a decade ago. The judges praised the 2×2 for being e-smart, eco-friendly and safer than competing farm bikes and ATVs.
“It has been exciting to see this bike transform from the prototype we first saw at Fieldays four years ago to the internationally competitive product we see today,” Allan said.
“I think that the UBCO 2×2 has exceeded every expectation to date and we’ve only just begun,” he said.
To give the UBCO 2×2 a real endurance test, the company is preparing for an off-road journey throughout the length of the country. This journey will be an opportunity for the UBCO team to test every feature of the bike, including rider comfort, product strength and battery range all in extreme conditions far beyond those usually faced by UBCO owners.
An announcement of the track the riders will take will be made in the coming months.