Continental Develops 48-Volt Drive for E-Bikes
HANNOVER, Germany – In line with the company’s philosophy that ‘electrification is the future of mobility’ Continental launches 48-Volt drive systems for multiple purposes, including cars and e-bikes.
According to Continental “the 48-volt technology is compact, powerful, efficient and easily integrated.” The technology has been developed initially for the 48-volt hybrid drive for Renault’s Scénic and Grand Scénic models. It has now been made available for the e-bike market as well. Continental published a whitepaper on the advantages of 48-volt systems.
The global market is growing
“Bicycles with electrical assistance are an important element of connected mobility and an environmentally friendly lifestyle. The global market is growing, dynamic and full of potential, so we are turning our attention to this pioneering field and its connectivity with other transport systems as part of our holistic approach to mobility,” explains Continental CEO Dr Elmar Degenhart.
The company is set to unveil its latest innovative motor for e-bikes at Eurobike 2017 (hall A6, stand 304). Continental did not reveal much technical specifications only that it will be combined with an intelligent, fully automatic and continuously variable transmission. “With this innovative step, we can respond optimally to the needs of our customers,” explains Jörg Malcherek, responsible for marketing e-bike systems at Continental.