NZDF trialling electric motorbikes

by Gabriel Dominguez

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) announced on 27 July that it has begun trialling electric utility motorbikes to determine their suitability for military use.

The force said in a statement that, as it explores “greener” means of transport, it is testing four specially built bikes from Tauranga-based company Ubco for their suitability in areas such as reconnaissance and surveillance, and airfield security, among others.

“The 65 kg bikes are much lighter than normal military motorcycles, have an electric motor in each wheel, and with regenerative braking can travel up to 120 km on a single charge,” said the force, adding that the 12-month trial package includes a camouflage colour scheme, extra battery packs, a trailer and a range of spare parts.

The NZDF announced on 27 July that it has begun trialling electric utility motorbikes to determine their suitability for military use. (NZDF)

The NZDF announced on 27 July that it has begun trialling electric utility motorbikes to determine their suitability for military use. (NZDF)

The army, navy and air force will each trial the bikes, which in general use are aimed at farmers, hunters, the emergency services, and others.

 

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