Kiwi electric motorbike goes on public trial
The UBCO 2x2 electric utility bike was originally developed to be an electric replacement for the two-stroke farm bike but thanks to Domino’s Pizza group in New Zealand, it is being put through its paces in an urban environment.
Three UBCO vehicles are currently being tested to see if they’re up to being part of the regular Domino’s fleet. They are currently in use in the Auckland, Taupo and Queenstown CBD areas.
“We’re very excited to get the feedback from these trials and are more than confident they’ll pass with flying colours,” UBCO CEO Timothy Allan says.
The UBCO 2x2 brings a number of distinct advantages to the delivery sector. First up, the bikes are utilitarian in nature – they’re not retrofitted recreational vehicles – coming pre-built with accessory lugs for panniers and storage boxes. They’re also sure-footed with a motor in each wheel, meaning no clutch, drivetrain, emissions, or noise. Moreover, they’re digitally connected to monitor progress and route, with services delivered through the UBCO API interface.
They have a 120km range on a single charge, and a battery swap quickly and easily extends range. Finally, the 2x2’s designation as a moped means that no license is required to take it on the road.
“They were designed to give the Kiwi number-8-wire warrior the perfect platform to perform any job around the farm, but those same attributes are giving this bike an advantage in the CBD as well,” Allan said.
If you’re interested, the UBCO 2x2 can be bought online for $7999 plus on-roads and shipping, while an extra battery pack will set you back a further $1999 for the 40Ah pack or $2599 for the 48Ah pack.