The Ubco 2X2 is not exactly a speed demon, but as an electric workhorse with a 200kg capacity, it’s well-suited to farm, rural, and offroad use.
In the agricultural and rural sectors, getting around…
the place, from home to the milking house, from field to field, from woodlot to garden, or from pasture to barn, is usually done with a gas or diesel vehicle, and ATVs (all terrain vehicles) or dirt bikes are often the vehicle of choice. But a recent entry into the electric vehicle category,the Ubco 2X2, could be an excellent alternative, as it offers great carrying capacity, excellent traction, and low maintenance and operation costs, all in a lightweight package.
Where the rubber meets the
road ruts on the Ubco 2X2 are two knobby tires designed for all terrain traction, driven by a pair of 1 kW electric hub motors, with the handling managed with adjustable shocks and braking handled by front and rear disc brakes. The power comes from a 40 Ah battery, which is mounted low in the frame for stability, and according to Ubco, has a four-hour charge time and a range of anywhere from 62 to 93 miles per charge. As an added plus, the 2X2 has onboard 12V and USB outlets, which can be used as a remote power source for tools or equipment, or to recharge mobile gizmos while in the field.
The 2X2 has two cargo racks and multiple attachment points, can haul up to 200 kg (441 lb), and its weldable aluminum alloy frame allows for field repairs or modification, both of which are often needed for a farm/utility vehicle. The top speed on this electric utility bike is just 45 kmh (28 mph), but that’s not too shabby, considering that it’s an offroad working vehicle, not a dirt bike or street bike.
“Ubco aims to smash your farming limitations and integrate seamlessly into your daily work and leisure life. The 2×2 is environmentally friendly and cost efficient without losing power or grunt, as well as being lightweight and versatile. It’s a disruptive piece of technology that opens doors in the agricultural sector – redefining the way you work outdoors.”
The bike is the brainchild of two veterans of the ebike industry, Anthony Clyde and Daryl Neal, and Ubco introduced its first prototype at New Zealand’s Fieldays, a huge ag trade show, to much acclaim in 2014. The company is currently taking pre-ordersfor 100 of the 2X2, which doesn’t yet have a price listed on the website, but whichAutoevolution claims will be about $7000.
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