Car Supplier Brose Starts E-bike Motor Production
BERLIN, Germany – Automotive supplier Brose has started production of their e-bike motor. On July 15, in the presence of government, industry and media representatives, the very first Brose pedelec motor was assembled at the company’s Berlin facility.
Brose enters the e-bike market with the ambitious goal to reach 20% market share by 2018. “We want to move the bicycle industry forward. We want to leave a mark,” emphasized Christoph Bantle, Vice President Product Group E-Bike Brose Group.
3.4 million investment
The family-run Brose enterprise, based in Coburg, has 23,000 employees in 24 countries – 200 in Berlin – and has mainly made its income (euro 5 billion annually) with steering systems for cars. Now Brose is setting a new course having invested euro 3.4 million into the development and production set-up for the e-bike motor. Part of the R&D process was to have the e-bike motor tested on reliability in the Alps for over 100,000 kilometres.
Based on steering motor technology
The e-bike motor is based on Brose” s steering motor technology for cars. The company produced that product a multi-million times in the past years. Thanks to the use of light-weight, yet higher-strength materials the motor weighs 3.4 kg and generates up to 600 Watt in its 250 Watt nominal power version.
More on Brose’s entrance on the e-bike market in the Bike Europe August issue.