An alternative farm transport has hit the Goulburn Valley, with the Utility Bike Company reaching out to a Shepparton agricultural business to stock an electric farm bike.
The New Zealand company approached Konigs Shepparton to stock the bike, which has been around since 2014.
Konigs Shepparton sales representative Leo Schoonderbeek said it was a good fit for both parties.
‘‘The reason for stocking it was to give an alternative to areas of the motorcycle industry such as hunting and (when working) in confined spaces,’’ Mr Schoonderbeek said.
‘‘They approached us because they’ve found this particular product is a niche market — it’s whisper quiet, two-wheel drive and economical, as the cost of running the bike is just 88¢ for the 100km range.’’
Mr Schoonderbeek said the bike allowed for easy mounting and dismounting and had plenty of features.
‘‘The key points is that the lithium battery has a 100km maximum range, a six-hour charging time and a 45km top speed,’’ he said.
Australian sales and distribution manager Ian Legarth said the bike was easy to use and was run on two motors.
‘‘It’s a simple bike to use. Just get on and turn the throttle,’’ Mr Legarth said.
‘‘The motors are in the hubs and they are uniquely two-wheel drive, so if one motor failed, you’d still have another to get going.’’