Safety to pro­pel elec­tric bikes

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

WHAT does the farm ve­hi­cle of the fu­ture look like?

Will it be driver­less? A ma­chine that can fly? Or one that can be con­trolled by a smart­phone?

Ac­cord­ing to Ubco chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tim­o­thy Al­lan, the fu­ture ve­hi­cle for farm­ers could be an elec­tric two-wheel mo­tor­bike.

Speak­ing at the GFIA In Fo­cus in Bris­bane, Mr Al­lan said safety would be the crit­i­cal fac­tor for con­sumer choice.

His com­pany has de­signed a dual elec­tric drive bike it be­lieves will slash work­place fa­tal­i­ties.

“It has a very low cen­tre of grav­ity, a sim­ple de­sign with no clutch or gears and there are no real el­e­ments that gen­er­ate heat – so you can’t get burnt,” he said.

“When you com­bine the fairy-light weight with these fea­tures it’s very safe.”

That low weight was the big­gest ad­van­tage of electrics, he said.

The av­er­age weight of a four wheeler is close to 300kg. Ubco’s bikes weigh only 63kg.

PHOTO: AN­DREA DAVY

FARMER CUS­TOMER: Grant Coombes uses his fleet of Ub­cos to im­prove the sus­tain­abil­ity on his six farms.

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