The ETS mid-drive motor, first introduced in October 2018 by LEVA-EU member FreeFlow Technologies has undergone a system redesign which, according to the manufacturer now brings an unrivalled power to weight ratio.
The Glasgow based business, which will produce its first systems out of the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, has now launched a second investment round aimed at bringing its round motor to market. In the development of the bottom bracket-based motor, the company’s design team has registered three patents in 15 countries, with a further five pending.
FreeFlow Technologies’ Managing Director, David Hemming explains: “We’re at the final stages of proving the concept and our Coventry production team will handle the first 2,000 units, after which time we shall outsource to Malaysia to ensure we improve on an already competitive pricing for our OEM clients. Lifecycle testing is going very well as well.”
The second funding round will expand the company’s ambition to serve a large number of global bike and automotive brands. According to Hemming, the harmonic system has already caught the eye of some of cycling’s premium tier e-bike makers.
“This is a very attractive proposition for the e-bike industry in that it only takes just north of ten minutes to install and is incredibly easy to build a frame around. It’s alos a very efficient system with a 50km range per charge, while using it on full power. Brands can play with bigger batteries to increase the range. The system’s simplicity is so efficient that when not turned on it rides just like a normal bike, a key design statement for us.”
FreeFlow Technologies currently has 15 brands under NDA, 4 of which have moved to LOI for commercial agreements to launch with FreeFlow at their Eurobike 2020 stand.