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