Press release | UBCO, the New Zealand technology company behind the world’s first 2-wheel drive utility electric vehicle (UEV), is breaking the barriers between on- and off-road travel with their newest road-registerable model – the 2018 UBCO 2×2.
Although the dual-use UBCO 2018 2×2 may appear visually similar to its predecessor, 130 of the 150 components are either new or renewed, making it a superior model in all regards. A key benefit is that the new 2018 model can be registered for on-road use in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, meaning users will no longer be faced with a barrier between on- and off-road travel.
To achieve this, UBCO have added all the road-worthy components, including brake lights, indicators, reflectors, a motor cut off switch, steering lock, speedometer, odometer and a combined high and low beam LED headlight.
Its classification as an LA moped with a top speed of 50kmph, means that no motorcycle license is required for the 2018 2×2 in New Zealand, making it accessible to the everyday person. While the 2018 2×2 is also classed as a LA moped in Australia, and a motor driven cycle or moped in the US, licensing requirements vary depending on local country and state laws.
As UBCO Product Manager, Stuart Munro explains, the 2018 2×2 facilitates a new dual-use environment for users. “I think one of the biggest benefits of the 2018 2×2 is it’s dual-use capability. There aren’t many 2-wheelers out there that are equally at home both on- and off-road, especially ones that are as easy to use and quiet as the UBCO. Whether it’s for commuting, farming, hunting, government bodies, tourism or conservation work, the dual-use 2018 2×2 is designed to allow the rider to go where they want, when they want. This ease of use and its LA/moped vehicle class means the 2018 2×2 is accessible and suitable to almost anyone, and opens the door to unconstrained adventure” he said.
Digital Control and User Experience
Users will also experience a heightened level of control with the new model, allowing them to personalise their riding experience.
The new UBCO Cerebro Engine Control Unit (ECU) allows users to directly communicate with the 2×2 and control lighting, motor controllers, display and rider controls. What’s more, UBCO has also rolled out their User App, which connects to the bike via Bluetooth, allowing users to update the bike, diagnose faults and choose between on- and off-road riding modes, a learner mode, or a hunting mode for a stealthier approach (The App is currently available for apple, with an Android model coming soon).
Regenerative braking has also been added to the 2018 model, and can be toggled on and off via the App. An easy to read LCD screen displays battery level, speed and a trip meter.
Battery capacity has also been boosted in the latest model by 20% with a 48Ah rated Lithium-ion Portage Power Supply, allowing riders to reach up to 120km on a single charge. The new innovative Flux Drive motors allow the 2018 2×2 to perform at a higher efficiency for longer, by introducing heat sinks to aid in heat dissipation, improved sealing, increased internal gear width and improved composite materials used for the planetary gears.
A smoother and more compliant ride has also been achieved, with the new UBCO All Terrain (AT) Suspension. With 40mm more travel than the previous model and an increase in strength and stiffness, the 2018 2×2 is designed with 2-wheel drive in mind.
With the launch of their new model, comes the release of their UBCO accessories, which are borne from user feedback. Using the 17 accessory lugs located across the bike and standard M8 nuts and bolts, riders can now customise their rides with UBCO gear.
The new range includes a Pannier Backpack and Bag, Pannier Frames, Front and Rear Cargo Decks, and an Adapter Pack containing all the fittings one would need to attach anything from a hunting rifle to a surf board. A Towball Mount Bike Rack has also been introduced, allowing the rider to transport the 2×2 on the towbar of their car or RV.
UBCO CEO, Timothy Allan, explains “the 2×2 was built on the concept of a vehicle as a tool. “With the launch of the accessories we can now really illustrate one of the core concepts behind the creation of the 2×2.”
UBCO was founded on the idea of a Utility Electric Vehicle (UEV) that would transform the way people ride, work and play.
UBCO has rapidly developed into a digitally connected UEV platform including on- and off-road transport (2×2), portable power, accessories, and subscription software. They provide a complete solution, from an individual user to a fleet manager across a wide range of applications.
The evolution of the UBCO 2×2 has been a constant journey since it was first presented at the 2014 National Agriculture Fieldays in New Zealand and the brand was founded in 2015.
The journey has led to the production of a road compliant, homologated vehicle – The 2018 UBCO 2×2. This bike is the next step in the UEV market, and will be a superior bike, both on- and off-road. The 2×2 can now be found in international markets including Australia and the United States.