Ecocharger Electric Quad bikes now available in Australia and New Zealand

Ecocharger is delighted to announce that the Ecocharger electric quad bike is available in Australia and New Zealand.

Managing Director, Michael Halloran said “We are excited to be bringing this technology to the local market. The Ecocharger quad is not simply an alternative to petrol bikes, but a genuine leap in technology. With performance that at least matches its petrol cousins, it is a game changer. And it’s not just the obvious peace, quiet, clean air and lack of jerry cans that you will notice. The regenerative braking, the lower centre of gravity and the cool, non-sparking engine, provide some safety features that just aren’t achievable on a petrol bike.  On an Ecocharger you will truly stand out, very quietly, amongst the crowd.”

Two variants of the Ecocharger are being built and sold in Australia and New Zealand; the 4WD Eliminator and the 2WD Dominator. Both come equipped with a class leading 72V, 15kW engine that provides ample power and torque across the speed range.

The versatility and mobility of the Ecocharger is backed by European design quality and the quads are being built locally in Australia, so buyers can be assured of quick and effective support.

The Ecocharger quad bikes are zero emission and have a low noise signature, so are well suited to areas that are sensitive to emissions or for buyer’s who want to enhance their green credentials.

Halloran says the Ecocharger makes economic sense as well: “We have had a number of bikes operating in Australia and New Zealand for the last six months and this has given us great confidence.

The maintenance on an electric vehicle is substantially less than a petrol vehicle and this means lower maintenance costs and reduced down time. With a range of around 40km to the charge, that’s the equivalent of 6 or 7 litres of fuel on the average petrol quad bike – all for just $1 of electricity.”

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Proteum announces availability of production OXE Diesel at Aquaculture UK and Skipper Expo International

UK & Ireland distributor Proteum, part of SC Group, is announcing the availability of production OXE Diesel engines in stock to meet customer demand at the consecutive Aquaculture UK and Skipper Expo International shows later this month. OXE is the first diesel outboard in the 150-300hp class to be fully approved for commercial use.

Since the first pre-production OXE Diesel units entered service in 2016 following trials with launch customer, Marine Harvest, the engine design has been enhanced based on customer feedback from operators in applications including commercial fishing, ferry, cruise ship launch craft and border protection.

Inverness based Caley Marina has become a service partner to Southampton based Proteum to support OXE into service in Scotland and is currently operating an OXE powered workboat on Loch Ness for product familiarisation and training.

Caley Marine Director, Jamie Hogan said, “As the first high power diesel outboard, OXE is an exciting new product for Caley’s customers in Scotland’s aquaculture and fishing community”.

OXE Diesel offers commercial marine operators the range and performance they require and the benefits of diesel’s lower maintenance, longer service life, lower fuel consumption and lower volatility for safe storage on board and on land.

Proteum, which provides marine engineering and support services, is also UK & Ireland distributor for Moteurs Baudouin and is showcasing the latest addition to Baudouin’s range of mechanical inboard engines, the 600-750 hp M33.2 available in six and twelve cylinder versions. Proteum is also displaying the 130hp four cylinder W 105M, which is proven in service as a generator, propulsion and auxiliary engine in fishing, small ferry, workboat and other commercial marine applications.

This year Baudouin is celebrating a 100 year heritage as a dedicated marine engine designer and stated its commitment to future development and production of mechanical engines to meet the needs of fishing skippers and customers operating in remote regions.

Proteum is also highlighting the availability of Baudouin engines which are built to an annual forecast, as opposed to an individual order, enabling distributors to maintain stock and deliver a new engine within tight schedules.

Visit Proteum on Stand 43 at Aquaculture UK, Aviemore, 23-24 May and on Stand 135 at Skipper Expo International, Aberdeen, 25-26 May.


Blackhill Engineering diversifies into precision test equipment fabrication with Bruel & Kjaer VTS Ltd. contract

Blackhill Engineering, the heavy engineering division of SC Group, has been awarded an initial two year production contract by Bruel & Kjaer VTS Ltd. to fabricate base frames for high specification testing equipment. Bruel & Kjaer are a world leader in acoustic and vibration test & measurement products used by the space, aerospace, defence, automotive, telecoms and mining industries and the contract marks a diversification for Blackhill.

Nick Woods, Category Manager, Bruel & Kjaer VTS Ltd, said, “As a company that looks for more than just the price of the products we buy, finding Blackhill Engineering was an ideal fit with our business requirements. Not only do they have the fabrication and machining capability we were looking for, they have the right mind set to give their customers the confidence they know what they are talking about. This culture exists from the beginning of the ordering process, through every touch point during manufacture to the final delivery of product. With the support we have seen to date, Bruel & Kjaer VTS Ltd. is confident in the knowledge it has found a long-term business partner”.

The base frames weigh up to 2.5 tonnes and relate to eight different models of vibration test equipment, of which each model has up to six different versions.

Blackhill Engineering has one of the largest CNC mills in the South West of England and boasts one of the region’s largest crane lifts with the capability to lift up to 50 tonnes. Its 28,000 square foot of workshop space offers the flexibility to build large and small components and prototypes and perform one-off, low rate bespoke and continuous volume production.

Dan Baker, Business Development Manager at Blackhill Engineering, said: “Working with Bruel & Kjaer is a major diversification in Blackhill’s portfolio and an exciting milestone in its 60 year history”.

Blackhill’s markets have spanned nuclear new build and decommissioning, civil engineering & construction, marine & offshore, oil & gas, renewables, quarrying & mineral processing, space & telecommunications and automotive.

Recent projects have included flood gates and the delivery of components totalling 650 tonnes of steel for the Hinkley Point C jetty, for which it won two EDF Energy HPC Excellence Awards for Best Local/Regional Business and Best Manufacturing Equipment Supplier.

Ecocharger continues global expansion with SC Group partnership

Ecocharger, the Devon-based manufacturers of award-winning quad bikes, have partnered with SC Group to continue their global expansion to manufacture and distribute their Electric ATV Quad bikes in Oceania.

Founded in 2013, Ecocharger now manufacture and distribute over 100 bikes a year in the UK and Europe.

Their bikes are reputed to be the best in the world powered by Odyssey Battery Packs with both single and twin motor options powered up to 30kw.

SC Group, with a growing global footprint, has decades of engineering design success, having grown to be one of the world’s leading companies specializing in the design and development of equipment operating in the harshest environments.

Through the partnership, the quad bike will be manufactured in Australia and available in both 2WD and 4WD variants. Through a pilot project a number of bikes have already been manufactured and delivered to pre-release customers.

On the partnership, Mick Halloran, Managing Director Asia Pacific, SC Group, said: “We looked long and hard at the right partnership and technologies to continue to grow our business and we see the Ecocharger as not just the best product in the global market, but game changing technology. We already have a number of confirmed orders from commercial and private users. We are also really excited about bringing our unique knowledge of Military and Defence markets to the partnership.‘’

Fred Chugg, Founder of Ecocharger, added: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with SC Group and really excited in terms of demand for our E – ATV in a warmer climate – where conventional fossil fuel is limited in remote areas and sunlight harvesting a conventional energy source.”

For further information please contact Mick Halloran on +61 3 8645 8300 or email [email protected]



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