Gates Carbon Drive Partners with LEVA
DENVER, USA – The fastest-growing category for its bicycle belt drives is e-bike and to continue its push into this product category, Gates Corp, maker of the Gates Carbon Drive system, joined the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA).
“Electric bikes are transforming the bicycle industry and provide people around the world with an efficient, sustainable and affordable form of transportation,” said Frank Scurlock, global sales director for Gates Carbon Drive. “LEVA is giving this industry a voice and is doing great work to educate the public, bicycle brands and policymakers about the benefits of e-bikes.”
To educate LEVA members about Carbon Drive, Gates will partner with the trade association to provide seminars, training and technical information about belt drives on e-bikes. E-bikes are now the fastest-growing category for Gates Carbon Drive, launched in 2007 on mountain and city bikes. Recently Gates introduced its own branded cranksets that come pre-assembled with Carbon Drive sprockets, saving bike makers the time and expense of sourcing and installing cranks separately.
“We are now working with Yamaha, NuVinci and Panasonic to provide sprockets for their e-bike systems. Our goal is to have a Gates belt drive option for every e-bike system in the market,” said Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive.
“More than a million electric bikes were sold in Europe in 2012, and that number is expected to double in 2014” said Todd. “In the United States, sales topped 100,000 last year and LEVA expects that will double in 2013. To beef up sales, engineering and technical support we have added multiple employees in Europe, the United States and Asia.”