Conti’s E-Bike OEM ‘Solutions’ Presented in Taipei
HANOVER, Germany – Continental is profiling itself as development partner for OEM bicycle manufacturers by offering flexible and customized e-bike drive systems according to clients’ requirements. The result of such OEM cooperation has been presented at last week’s Taipei Cycle Show with bike maker eFlow.
E-bike maker eFlow (based in Fürth, Germany) started the cooperation with Continental for its patented seat tube battery of the models CM2 and CM2FS. That became part of the Continental e-bike system. “Our battery concept integrated into the seat tube is a unique specialty of our eFlow e-bike series,” says Bernd Adamski, MD of eFlow Europe GmbH. “We are glad about having a strong and competent partner like Continental that allows us the flexibility to remain our unique product feature.”
The eFlow model will be launched in 2015 and will be distributed through bicycle dealers in the German, Swiss and Austrian market. eFlow Europe is looking for distributors in other countries.
“The integration of a system-alien battery sounds relatively easy. But in reality it is an extensive development process,” explains Richard Hilgart, product manager of Continental’s product market segment Two-Wheeler. “Complex hardware and software adaptations were necessary to make both technologies compatible to each other. In this case, especially the battery management system had to be modified to enable the communication between e-bike drive system and seat tube battery.”
The integration of the eFlow seat tube battery into the Continental e-bike system is based on a close partnership and combines innovative technologies of both sides. Customized system solutions for OEM bicycle manufacturers include the individual hardware integration into the e-bike concept, the adaptation of the software for an optimized communication in-between all components as well as several design customization options.
eFlow Europe GmbH is a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Fairly Bike. The eFlow e-bikes have been designed by Norbert Haller and will make their entry in the EU markets this year with a range of three models.