International Innovation Award goes to electric bike

UBCO were presented the International Innovation Award last night for their two-wheel drive electric utility vehicle by Minster of Agriculture Hon. Damien O’Connor at the 50th New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays.

Judges said kiwi-based company UBCO appears to have effectively analysed the requirements of it’s target markets and improved on their previous models to create the new and improved vehicle.

The 2018 UBCO 2×2 was praised for being e-smart, eco-friendly and safer than competing farm bikes and ATVs. These features are sure to be appealing to farmers right across the sector in New Zealand and overseas, as well as recreational and urban markets due to its suitability on and off road.

UBCO CEO Timothy Allan says, “The first heavy use owner said it was like walking around his farm but quicker, so quietness has turned out to be one of the most important things this bike has brought to the farm.”

“As an electric vehicle it has a lot less moving parts with the battery replacing a gas tank and no use for an external drive train means greater durability and a longer life.”

“Winning this award against major international agritech companies is a huge honour and a recognition for our team’s hard work. With Fieldays being an internationally recognised event, it provides a great endorsement for this product in the global farming community” said Allan.

There were nine entries in the International Innovations Awards with judges awarding Equilume from Ireland a highly commended. Equilume stood out as featuring exciting new technology which will impact New Zealand considerably. The device provides a low level of blue light in a single eye that can increase milk yields during winter months and has great potential after finalising the product design and some market research.

The International Networker event where these innovations were recognised, marked the end of day two of Fieldays which saw 35,704 people through the gates.

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