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  1. Global e-bike drive systems brand, Bafang, looks to embrace challenges and drive progress in 2024

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    As the eBike industry faced a challenging year in 2023 due to a slowdown in demand caused by an unstable international climate and high inventory levels, Bafang, a global drive system supplier with over 20 years of experience in the two-wheeled industry, proactively adjusted its pace to meet market changes. The company further solidified its industry-leading position by leveraging advanced products and superior services.

    Looking ahead to the upcoming year, Bafang plans to continue strengthening its investment in technology and product quality to maintain its resolute and mission-driven approach. The company will push for sustainable development in the industry with unwavering confidence, inject vitality into the market, and lead with a firm step.

    Bafang focuses on providing high-quality and high-performance drive system solutions for global customers, earning the trust of OEMs, brand owners, dealers, and end consumers around the world. In 2023, Bafang celebrated several milestone moments including its first dealer conference, the topping-out ceremony of its new-energy factory, its 20th anniversary, and its seventh technical exchange meeting. Additionally, a series of achievements in battery production, technical recognition by major international product awards, and the successful deployment of the DDS dealer service system all showcased Bafang’s impressive corporate strength and broad market prospects worldwide.

    Furthermore, Bafang continues its expansion into electric motorcycle powertrains with its sister brand, T&D. In 2023, T&D joined forces with Bolt.Earth to deliver unparalleled user experiences, transforming the mobility landscape. Bafang, T&D, and Bolt.Earth teamed up at EICMA 2023 to showcase the strength of their partnership and the future of sustainable mobility.

    Social responsibility and industry mission are indispensable beliefs on Bafang’s path to development. Facing industry challenges head-on, Bafang will continue to focus on product performance, quality control, and after-sales service, ensuring that “quality” and “warranty” are at the forefront of the company’s focus. The company will provide more comprehensive support and protection to each customer by improving production automation coverage and expanding the global after-sales service layout.

    At the same time, Bafang recognizes that its responsibility and mission should not only be limited to high-quality products and services but also contribute to the prosperity of the entire industry. The company is willing to actively participate in industry cooperation, share experiences, and achieve mutual benefits. On the occasion of the New Year, Bafang extends sincere New Year wishes to partners around the world, expressing gratitude for the ongoing support. In 2024, the company will continue to maintain its resolute belief, work together, and create a shared future.

    About BAFANG:

    BAFANG, one of the leading manufacturers of e-mobility components and e-drive systems, has been developing components and complete systems for electric vehicles since 2003. The company is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (603489.SS) and focuses on all global emobility trends of the future: be it individual e-bikes, e-scooters or for public bike sharing systems.

    Bafang employs over 1000 people at 10 international locations worldwide. The headquarters, development and production sites are located in Suzhou, in the immediate vicinity of Shanghai/China. A virtual tour of the new headquarters in Suzhou via a VR Panorama Tour starts here. Bafang has sales and service centers in the Netherlands, the USA, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, and China. The newly opened plant in Poland focuses on the production of mid-motor systems for the European markets.

    Website: www.bafang-e.com
    E-Mail: info@bafang-e.com

  2. Vroegh design team members interviewed by ZAG Daily

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    Senior project manager Kars Rotteveel and Designer Gaurav Savla shared insights on e-bikes, speed bikes, motorcycles, and more

    Source: ZAG Daily

    In a recent interview with ZAG Daily, VROEGH Design’s senior project manager, Kars Rotteveel, and designer, Gaurav Savla, shed light on the Dutch firm’s prowess in designing a diverse range of new mobility vehicles, with a special focus on the burgeoning e-motorcycle market.

    VROEGH Design, a multifunctional new mobility agency, has already crafted over 50 vehicles, spanning e-bikes, e-cargo bikes, e-scooters, skateboards, and other light electric vehicles for globally recognized brands. Active in 19 countries, the firm aims to assist mobility brands in tailoring vehicles to specific use cases, target demographics, and market demands.

    The spotlight is currently on e-motorcycles, reflecting the industry’s rapid growth. According to Statista, the global market for e-motorcycles, valued at nearly $46 billion, is projected to reach $110 billion by 2030. Notably, e-motorbike sales in the five largest European countries surged by 80% from 2021 to 2022, reaching over 200% in France and Germany.

    Rotteveel and Savla, both driven by a passion for innovative transportation solutions, highlighted the agency’s commitment to e-motorcycles. Rotteveel, formerly with a Dutch e-bike manufacturer, emphasizes the freedom provided by motorcycles, while Savla, with a background in designing motorbikes for Italian firm BENELLI, sees two-wheelers as more suitable for urban mobility.

    Savla elaborates, “they allow the user to be more involved in the process of travelling from A to B and are also more inclusive with the environment…The shift to e-motorbikes can be put down to convenience and reliability.”

    Discussing their design process, the team outlined a phased approach involving market analysis, user stories, and client collaboration. The engineering phase incorporates 3D printing and prototype iterations, leading to mass production. Emphasizing the importance of accessibility, the team aims to create vehicles tailored to diverse needs, ensuring the seamless transition from traditional cars to electric alternatives.

    Looking ahead, Rotteveel envisions a market segment where e-bike and e-motorbike developers converge, emphasizing the need for enhanced safety and efficiency in e-bikes and more compact designs for e-motorbikes. As the industry evolves, VROEGH Design remains at the forefront, driving innovation and shaping the future of sustainable urban mobility.

    Rotteveel is quoted in conclusion: “E-bike makers should focus on making their products safer and sturdier, while e-motorbike manufacturers can make their products smaller, lighter and more efficient. This evolution will continue in the upcoming years and the e-bike and e-motorbike developers will merge more and more into one big market segment.”

  3. CAKE announces Deus Ex Machina as Australian distribution partner

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    Zero Emissions, High-Performance—Exciting Times for Australia.

    CAKE, the Swedish manufacturer of premium lightweight electric motorcycles, is thrilled to announce a significant new partnership with Deus Ex Machina, who will serve as CAKE’s Australian distribution partner. This partnership signifies a substantial expansion of CAKE’s distribution network, marking their strategic entry into the Australian market.

    Deus Ex Machina, a brand much larger than its motorcycle and lifestyle merchandise, thrives on a culture of creativity, inclusiveness, and enthusiasm. Their unique philosophy has won them admirers across the globe and now, through this partnership with CAKE, they are set to increase their footprint in Australia. The deal involves selling, servicing, and driving the CAKE mission forward within Australia.

    “We are thrilled that our distribution model is expanding and that we can continue to support brands in their transition towards a zero-emission society and encourage others to start their journey,” says Stefan Ytterborn, founder and CEO of CAKE. “Deus Ex Machina embodies a culture of creativity, authenticity, and enthusiasm that aligns perfectly with our ethos. It’s a natural and exciting partnership.”

    Dare Jennings, Co-founder of Deus Ex Machina, commented on the partnership: “With CAKE, we found a partner that shares our values and offers a unique, sustainable alternative for our passionate community of enthusiasts, We are excited about this opportunity to bring our uniquely customised motorcycles and the spirit of Deus to more riders in Australia.”

    CAKE is currently expanding its distribution network with premium partners in various regions, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, South America, and Africa.

    With nearly two decades of experience customising traditional motorcycles, this partnership is a significant move into the EV market for Deus.

    “We’re incredibly excited by a new avenue for bike customisation and the promise of a more sustainable way to ride” Says: Jeremy Tagand, head bike builder at Deus’ Sydney workshop

    About Deus Ex Machina

    Deus Ex Machina, the brainchild of Mambo founder Dare Jennings and former Moon Design creative director Carby Tuckwell was established in 2006 with a focus on promoting a culture of creativity. A step bigger than a brand, Deus Ex Machina (god of the machine) has evolved into a movement, promoting a culture of creativity, inclusiveness, and enthusiasm that has resonated with people across the globe.

    About CAKE

    CAKE is a Swedish maker of premium lightweight, electric motorcycles, and mopeds, with a clear mission to inspire towards a zero-emission society, by combining excitement and responsibility. The model range currently consists of five different platforms – the off-road beast Bukk, our versatile off-roader Kalk, the modular utility bike Ösa, the urban commuter Makka, and the strong and practical e-bike Åik. Thanks to an extensive range of accessories and configurations, CAKE is addressing a wide matrix of users and applications, including commercial use for last-mile delivery and other short-haul urban transportation. Along with numerous awards and recognitions for its design and innovative approach to mobility and other societal challenges, CAKE was identified as one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company in both 2020 and 2021 and received the Time Magazine 100 most important inventions award in 2021.

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    Learn more about CAKE at ridecake.com

  4. CAKE Reveals Inaugural Impact Report: A benchmark for Sustainable Commitment and Innovation

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    CAKE Impact’s Report sets transparency goals and acknowledges the absence of objective sustainability assessment in 2022.

    CAKE is more than a producer of category leading, lightweight electric motorcycles, mopeds and scooters. CAKE is a catalyst for positive industry-wide change. The brand has shared that, with immense pride and a sense of duty, they unveil their first-ever Impact Report, marking the start of consistent and transparent reporting of the company’s impact.

    Reaching out with a heartfelt message, CAKE is sharing this report as a testament to the seamless blend of commercial, philanthropic, and environmental perspectives that they uphold. It is described as an invitation to journey through their unwavering commitment towards shaping a sustainable tomorrow.

    CAKE’s Impact Report provides a look into its sustainable practices, community engagements, and the core governance principles that the company staunchly adheres to. Every segment is intended to resonate with the brand’s mission to embed sustainability not just in the products they curate but deep within their organizational DNA.

    Stefan Ytterborn, founder and CEO of CAKE, reflects, “This report isn’t solely about showcasing our initiatives; it’s a clarion call to the industry and beyond. It’s a testament to our dedication and a beacon for shared, collective responsibility.”

    In an articles sharing the report, CAKE also wrote, “We extend a warm invitation to journalists, partners, enthusiasts, and every stakeholder to immerse themselves in this report. Let it serve as both a reflection of CAKE’s ethos and a source of inspiration for sustainable pursuits everywhere.”

    Read the Impact Report here

    About CAKE

    CAKE is a Swedish maker of premium lightweight, electric motorcycles, and mopeds, with a clear mission to inspire towards a zero-emission society, by combining excitement and responsibility. The model range currently consists of five different platforms – the off-road beast Bukk, our versatile off-roader Kalk, the modular utility bike Ösa, the urban commuter Makka, and the strong and practical e-bike Åik. Thanks to an extensive range of accessories and configurations, CAKE is addressing a wide matrix of users and applications, including commercial use for last-mile delivery and other short-haul urban transportation. Along with numerous awards and recognitions for its design and innovative approach to mobility and other societal challenges, CAKE was identified as one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company in both 2020 and 2021 and received the Time Magazine 100 most important inventions award in 2021.

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    Learn more about CAKE at ridecake.com

  5. Bafang promotes evolution for electric motorcycles, with new brand T&D

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    As certified innovators in the electric bicycle sector, Bafang has taken another step forward in sustainability with the launch of its electric motorcycle powertrain brand, T&D.

    Recognising the diversity of the motorcycle sector, T&D has developed complete drive systems for off-road, sports and touring motorcycles, mopeds, and indoor entertainment vehicles. Extensive R&D and confidence in the parent brand, means the new powertrains are already generating some excitement. Part of the T&D strategy is to develop meaningful and mutually beneficial associations with other like-minded organizations and brands, in a market that is accelerating at a phenomenal pace, and with a complete service solution, integrated supply chain, and impressive, targeted products, T&D is set to become a top name in the industry. Under the tagline Electric Evolution, the brand is dedicated to leading harmonious technology for a greener future.

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  6. CAKE opens New York City full service showroom

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    Source: Ride Cake (2023)

    As sustainable living and e-motorcycle enthusiasm continue to increase, LEVA-EU member CAKE has opened an additional flagship store in the USA, this time New York. With the success of their first North American showroom that opened in LA in October 2022, the lightweight CAKE range is in demand.

    As more motorcycle riders are considering electric variants, CAKE’s US showrooms also offer test riding facilities and full servicing. Situated in the historic Seaport district in Manhattan, the new showroom has waterfront bike paths to test the electric motorcycle range. It additionally offers a cultural hub where current and prospective consumers can discuss the sector and the motorcycles with each other and CAKE’s team of experts.

    Founder and CEO of CAKE, Stefan Ytterborn commented, “As the cultural and economic capital of the world, New York City is one of CAKE’s most crucial markets. The city is constantly reinventing itself to make life more sustainable and accessible to its residents. As New York paves the road to a more eco-friendly future, we’re excited to grow our presence in the city and demonstrate our unique vision for a zero-emission society.”

    With plans to reduce 80% of greenhouse gases by 2050 and the expansion of North America’s largest bicycle network, New York City’s sustainability outlook reflects that of CAKE’s zero-emission objectives. CAKE go far beyond clean output strategies by additionally sourcing materials responsibly and designing long-lasting and modular products to reduce e-waste.

    North America Managing Director, Eric Asmussen, remarked, “New York is already one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, and the city continues to move towards decarbonization. CAKE’s arrival is an opportunity to envision the radical possibilities of green infrastructure in the city. We can show the world that a carbon-neutral society doesn’t have to be boring. Just like what we do with CAKE’s products, we can combine responsibility and sustainability with innovations and excitement.”

    The CAKE:site NYC is located at 106 South Street, New York, NY 10038.
    More information on CAKE and its :sites can be found on www.ridecake.com

  7. CAKE launches into Indian market

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    CAKE, the Swedish premium lightweight electric motorcycle manufacturer, has announced its partnership with Pepfuels, an ONGC-funded entity, under the brand name CollarEV, marking the company’s entry into the Indian market. This collaboration follows CAKE’s successful Asia expansion with Goldwin Inc in Japan and Kolon Automotive in South Korea.

    A limited collection of 250 CAKE Makkas constitutes the entry into India. The CAKE Makka is the first platform to be homologized for India and marks the starting point of additional models to follow. The initiative is brought forward by the founders of ONGC-funded entity Pepfuels with the brand name CollarEV.

    The first stage is initiated by a market entry campaign as the bikes are being shipped and meant to arrive during August, following a first-come, first-served basis. “It’s an exciting entry into one of the fastest-growing and largest electric two-wheeler markets, globally. The opportunity is immense, and we are humbly moving in with a step-by-step approach, to learn and do right,” says Stefan Ytterborn, CEO & Founder of CAKE.

    ONGC and Pepfuels founders express their enthusiasm for backing and supporting Pepfuels as they venture into the high-performance and premium electric bike segment in India. They believe that the future of transportation lies in clean and green energy and are committed to building a greener future for generations to come with the collaboration between CollarEV and CAKE.

    “We are thrilled to be backing and supporting Pepfuels as they venture into the high-performance and premium electric bike segment in India. We believe that the future of transportation lies in clean and green energy. We are taking CollarEV along with CAKE’s cutting-edge technology and are on the way to building a greener future for generations to come. We are incredibly proud to announce the CollarEV collaboration with CAKE to venture into the high-performance and premium electric bike segment in India, which is an untouched segment. We believe future synergies between CAKE and CollarEV will involve assembling and manufacturing CAKE’s existing models and developing new models for the Indian market,” commented Tikendra Yadav, CEO & Founder of Pepfuels.

    About CollarEV

    CollarEV, an ONGC-funded entity by Pepfuels, is dedicated to promoting clean transportation initiatives in India. Through this partnership, the companies aim to drive sustainable mobility solutions in the public sector. Known for its innovative fuel delivery systems, such as location-based fuel delivery, this commitment aligns with ONGC’s new dedication to environmental responsibility, making CollarEV a powerful force for green transportation in India.

    About CAKE

    CAKE is a Swedish maker of premium lightweight, electric motorcycles, and mopeds, with a clear mission to inspire towards a zero-emission society, by combining excitement and responsibility. The model range currently consists of five different platforms – the off-road beast Bukk, our versatile off-roader Kalk, the modular utility bike Ösa, the urban commuter Makka, and the strong and practical e-bike Åik. Thanks to an extensive range of accessories and configurations, CAKE is addressing a wide matrix of users and applications, including commercial use for last-mile delivery and other short-haul urban transportation. Along with numerous awards and recognitions for its design and innovative approach to mobility and other societal challenges, CAKE was identified as one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company in both 2020 and 2021 and received the Time Magazine 100 most important inventions award in 2021.

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    Learn more about CAKE at ridecake.com

  8. SKF joins forces with CAKE and Vattenfall to create the Cleanest Dirt Bike Ever

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    CAKE and Vattenfall’s Cleanest Dirt Bike Ever project, aiming to inspire fossil free production in the industry, has gained a new partner. SKF has signed a letter of intent with CAKE to explore how it can incorporate bearings produced with lowest possible carbon emissions.

    CAKE and Vattenfall have committed to producing the Cleanest Dirt Bike Ever by removing carbon emissions from every part of the electric CAKE Kalk OR bike’s value chain by 2025, without resorting to carbon offsetting. The goal of the initiative is to inspire the automotive industry to adopt fossil free production methods through innovative partnerships.

    Recently, the market leading manufacturer of suspension products Öhlins Racing, joined the project and has officially initiated its own process to decarbonize its production chain, bringing their carbon emissions to a minimum. Today, CAKE and Vattenfall are announcing the next partner of the project. SKF, one of the world’s largest bearing manufacturers, is joining forces with CAKE to explore how to develop and incorporate bearings produced with lowest possible emissions.

    “When Vattenfall and CAKE embarked on this journey, we knew that we were facing a challenge and were determined to build the Cleanest Dirt Bike Ever – from the materials used in its production to assembled bike. One and a half year down the road, we have inspired industry giants to come along with us and push their limits when it comes to decarbonization of production, making an impact lasting beyond the dirt bike. This is what the project is about – creating a fossil free mindset in every part of the production phase – and that is why we are happy to announce that SKF, one of the world’s largest and most advanced bearing manufacturers, is now joining in” says Stefan Ytterborn, CEO of CAKE.

    SKF will use their extensive expertise to explore electrification in the value chain and how low-emission bearings can be implemented in key areas of the bike, such as the steering, wheels, frame, and e-motor. SKF experts will also work with CAKE to look at ways to further reduce emissions as part of the project.

    “SKF and CAKE share a common heritage and sustainability ambition. Our experience as a leader in the two-wheeler market, coupled with our knowledge and expertise in sustainability and producing bearings, means that we can make a tangible contribution towards realising CAKE and Vattenfall’s vision of a clean dirt bike. We are proud to join like-minded industry colleagues who share the determination that change is urgently needed for a sustainable future. Leveraging our combined expertise, we can trigger and accelerate the creation of products that contributes to this industry transformation” says David Johansson, President Automotive, at SKF.

    The Cleanest Dirt Bike Ever

    One bike built to change how all vehicles are made.

    The automotive industry has a huge responsibility to lead the way to a fossil free society. That goes much further than how vehicles are powered. It means removing carbon emissions from entire production chains. CAKE and Vattenfall teamed up to lead the way, aiming to produce the first truly fossil free vehicle by 2025, decarbonizing every link in the production chain for the CAKE Kalk OR bike. Our mission is to inspire industry and policy makers to act, so we’ll share our breakthroughs, setbacks and methodology along the way. Because going fossil free ourselves is great, but inspiring others to do it is even better.
    www.cleanestdirtbikeever.com

    About SKF

    SKF is a world-leading provider of innovative solutions that help industries become more competitive and sustainable. By making products lighter, more efficient, longer lasting, and repairable, we help our customers improve their rotating equipment performance and reduce their environmental impact. Our offering around the rotating shaft includes bearings, seals, lubrication management, condition monitoring, and services. Founded in 1907, SKF is represented in approximately 129 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2022 were SEK 96,933 million and the number of employees was 42,641.
    www.skf.com

  9. California’s unique Super73 off-roaders

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    Source: Clean Rider, S. Benhammouda

    The Super73 electric collection continues to expand with the announcement of the Adventure Series, featuring three new, innovative off-road models.

    The e-bike manufacturer boasts a style that is somewhat unique to others in the sector and has announced exploration into the off-road division. Super73 have launched the new range based upon their three bike categories, namely the R-Series, S-Series and Z-Series. The new designs feature different components and working parts, including GRZLY tires on 20-inch wheels that sets them apart from other brands.

    Range is an all-important topic, and has been one of the stumbling blocks for the sector. However, Super73 have addressed this. The Z Adventure Series can reach between 56 and 80 km on a single charge of the 615 Wh battery, dependent upon the rider’s use, of course. Equipped with a 750W rear motor, the entry-level model offers speeds of 45 km/h along the flat and 32km/h in a climb.

    Next on the Super 73 agenda is the S Adventure Series with its larger 960 Wh battery. Although weighing an extra 3kg, the range is significantly increased to 120km. The choice R Adventure Series matches the dynamics of the S, and also comes with an adjustable suspension system to cater for alternative off-road terrains.

    Z prices start at €3,599, increasing to €4,399 for the S Adventure Series and €5,399 for the top-of-the-range R model.

    It is important to note that due to the performance and power statistics of the Super73 e-bikes, registration, insurance and helmet safety propels the series to adhere to speed-pedelec e-bike regulations, leaving being the more subdued e-bike regulations.

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