Conti Starts Production E-Bike Drive System in May
HANOVER, Germany – The Conti e-bike drive system will be ready for ModelYear 2015, as the company announced at Eurobike to start production next May. At next year’s Eurobike the first models with this system will be launched.
Continental looks back on a successful launch at Eurobike. “The market response to Continental’s new drive system for e-bikes and pedelecs has been exceptionally positive. The technical characteristics and design won the experts over,” explains Regina Arning, head of the Industry segment at the drive specialist ContiTech Power Transmission Group, on the last day of the show.
ContiTech starts mass production of its new drive system next May and, “By 2015 at the latest, end-users will also be able to buy them,” stated the company at Eurobike.
Continental’s goal is to attain a double-digit share of the fast-growing market for e-bikes and pedelecs. For that the multi-billion euro company is building a comprehensive service network.
Frame integrated motor
Conti’s drive system comprises of a mid-drive motor, display board, control unit and battery. The torque sensor is integrated in the mid-motor. The system was showcased at the booth as a prototype. In particular the motor, which is integrated directly in the frame, impressed the over 200 testers who were permitted to ride the trial version around the open-air exhibition area.
Positioned in premium segment
Conti’s mid-motor has been developed by automotive supplier Brose, optimized for the Continental system, and produced by Brose. The modularly designed system is positioned in the premium segment. It is smaller, more powerful, and lighter weight than other concepts currently on the market. The 250-watt motor itself weighs a mere 3.4 kg and supplies torque of up to 50 Nm.
Continental’s subsidiary ContiTech
ContiTech Power Transmission Group is a subsidiary of Continental. With sales of € 32.7 billion in 2012, Continental is among the leading car components makers as a supplier of brake systems, systems, and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers. The ContiTech division develops and produces functional parts, components, and systems for the automotive industry and other important industries. ContiTech has a workforce of approximately 28,000 employees. In 2012, it achieved sales of around € 3.7 billion.