NZ Defence Force trials electric motorbikes

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The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is trailling new electric motorbikes.

The NZDF will test four specially built 2×2 bikes from Tauranga-based UBCO. The tests will look at their suitability for tasks such as reconnaissance and surveillance, airfield security and other transport roles.

The 65kg bikes are much lighter than normal military motorcycles. They have an electric motor in each wheel, and can travel up to 120km on a single charge.

The 12-month trial package includes a camouflage colour scheme, extra battery packs, a trailer and a range of spare parts.

The Navy, Army and Air Force will each trial the bikes, which in the general market are aimed at farmers, hunters, emergency services and others.

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