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NZ’s first road legal electric motorcycle set to hit the streets

UBCO is now street legal with the release of a road-registerable model of their UEV, the 2018 2x2, as well as their own custom line of accessories.

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.

Although the dual-use UBCO 2018 2x2 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 has 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 2x2 in New Zealand, making it accessible to the everyday person. 

While the 2018 2x2 is also classed as an 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 2x2 facilitates a new dual-use environment for users. 

He states, “I think one of the biggest benefits of the 2018 2x2 is its 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 2x2 is designed to allow the rider to go where they want when they want.”

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 2x2 and control lighting, motor controllers, display and rider controls. 

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.

Regenerative braking has also been added to the 2018 model and can be toggled on and off via the App. 

An 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.