Electric motorbikes deliver pizza

Three electric UBCO 2×2 utility motorcycles have been bought by Domino’s to trial for pizza delivery in Auckland, Taupo and Queenstown CBDs.

“Ontime delivery is critical to the Domino’s brand and we’re excited to see if UBCO can deliver,” Domino’s NZ general manager Cameron Toomey says. “So far our delivery team are loving the bikes and they’ve exceeded our expectations.”

Toomey saw an article about the bikes and thought they ticked the boxes for Domino’s.

“We liked that it was a created by a New Zealand company and the bike was quiet, environmentally friendly and offered increased safety for our drivers.

“Safety is the number one factor for us at Domino’s – being more of a motorbike than a scooter, with two-wheel drive plus a low centre of gravity, the UBCO 2×2 has more power and greatly increased stability for our drivers.

“Plus, many of our deliveries are made at night and we need to be respectful of our neighbours, so the UBCO being ‘whisper quiet’ is a definite plus for us.”

Toomey says bikes have proven exceptionally reliable as well as cheap to run in the first two months of the trial. He plans to buy more to expand the trial.

UBCO is also involved in two postal fleet trials in New Zealand.

“We’re very excited to get the feedback from these trials and are more than confident they’ll pass with flying colours,” UBCO chief executive officer Timothy Allan says.

“Our product range supports a wide range of applications and we are passionate about providing a complete solution to all our customers, from individual users to fleet managers.”

The utility bikes are not retrofitted recreational vehicles, coming pre-built with accessory lugs for panniers and storage boxes; are sure-footed with a motor in both wheels, no clutch, drivetrain, emissions, or noise; and they’re digitally connected to monitor progress and route, with services delivered through the UBCO API interface.

They have 120km range and with an easy battery swap can cope with the multiple destinations required.

Domino’s is also keeping an additional battery at each site, extending the range in case of high workload.

And the 2×2’s designation as a moped means no licence is needed for the road

UBCO has also partnered with Snowball Effect to raise capital for the next stage of company development.

Since their last capital raise in early 2017, UBCO has established an Oregon (US) based office, launched its road legal 2×2, and grown revenue to $3 million in the past year.

The company will use the fresh equity capital being raised to fund new market expansion, launching in Europe in 2019, as well as supporting sales growth and product development.


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