More Electronics Giants Target E-Bikes
SHANGHAI, China – Next to Bosch more giants in consumer electronics are targeting the e-bike market nowadays. During the China Cycle Show, held earlier this week in Shanghai, Samsung showed a complete (and with striking features) e-bike system with mid-motor. Earlier also LG announced to plan a start in electric bikes.
Currently Samsung delivers only Li-Ion e-bike batteries through its subsidiary Samsung SDI. Another daughter company – Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd. – showed in Shanghai a complete e-bike drive system. And one that not only stands out for a mid-motor.
Samsung combines its e-bike drive system (via bluetooth) with the smartphone that carries the same brand name. Many features of the e-bike system are controlled through the Samsung smartphone like the level of support. It acts as a display offering read-outs on battery range; trip distance; average speed as well as GPS.
Also striking is that the Samsung drive system does not use a torque sensor to control the pedal assistance. Samsung claims that the drive system is able to offer: “Advanced driving performance based on torque sensorless algorithms.”
The Samsung e-bike drive system as the Korean company showed at Cycle China is still in the prototype stage. At the upcoming Eurobike show taking place end of August, the official launch is to follow. By the way, at China Cycle virtually all manufacturers of e-bike drive systems indicated to switch to mid-motors. That is THE big trend in the electric bikes offering in the coming years.