Tag Archive: LEVA-EU Member

  1. Bafang “shifts” to hassle-free riding – the new 3-speed automatic gear hub

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    LEVA-EU member Bafang introduces its new 3-speed automatic gear hub. This intelligent-acting hub takes over from the driver the otherwise manual process of changing gears, according to the speed, in a quiet, discreet, and precise fashion… automatically! Instead of shifting gears, the motto is ‘enjoy!’

    Photo: Bafang/3 speed automatic gear hub

    Bafang is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of eBike drive systems and continues to expand its extensive product portfolio in the drive components segment with fresh innovation. Weighing only 1.7kg, this powerful 80Nm hub can be supported by both chain- and belt-driven motors. Plus, it can be used without any electric assistance at all on standard pedalling bicycles. This automatic gear hub is particularly suitable for e-trekking, e-city, and e-cargo bikes (reduction ratios of 1:1, 1:1.36, and 1:1.65).

    Low maintenance – high performance

    An optional speed detection sensor replaces the traditional sensor installed on the chain stay, providing a very clean solution for mid-drive systems. The new 3-speed automatic hub has precise shift points depending on wheel speed, thanks to Bafang’s exquisite clutch mechanism. The hub can be combined with eMotors that are designed to support up to 25km or 32km. Furthermore, it can of course also be used for regular bicycles. No matter if 20’’ or 24’’, for folding/concept bikes, or for the bigger sizes such as 26’’or 28’’, the gear hub excels. The shift points are ideally matched (cadence calculated/based on a 38T/16T chain wheel), so manual, hectic shifting is no longer necessary. This means less distraction from the road, with more riding comfort and safety for the rider.  In terms of components, there is no need for an additional shifter and shift cable, resulting in lower maintenance requirements, easier servicing, and high performance.

    Furthermore, this stylish and solid-looking automatic shines with the following technical data: Belt freewheel (optional, open to Gates specifications), 16T or 18-single freewheel specifications, OLD: 135mm, spoke hole: 36x13G, additional chain wheel inside. Due to the powerful design of this innovative gear hub, it can only be integrated in applications equipped with disc or V brakes.

  2. Eovolt increases folding electric bike production capacity at Genas manufacturing center

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    Source: ToutLyon, S. Renard

    Production capacity will almost double from 1,200 units per month to 2,200. This can be attributed to the installment of a second production line and the creation of additional storage spaces.

    After establishing a production facility in Genas in mid-2020, foldable electric bicycle manufacturer, and LEVA-EU member, Eovolt has ridden the two-wheeled wave. In the first year, sales saw an increase from 3,800 units, to 9,500. As growth shows no sign of slowing down into 2022, it is unsurprising that the company continues to upscale its manufacturing presence.

    An investment of €500,000 has secured the additional production capacity. Baptiste Fullen, Eovolt co-founder, shares, “The expansion of our production unit is part of a global company development project. We want to accentuate our local approach in order to lock our production chain and to be more responsive and more flexible.

  3. Pendix at Eurobike: serial hybrid you can touch

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    The drive specialist, and LEVA-EU member, Pendix is ​​also represented at the Eurobike trade fair this year, which this time is primarily dedicated to future mobility. In line with this, the Zwickau-based company is presenting its innovative Pendix eDrive IN hub drive, which was specially designed as a B2B product for the bicycle and micro-mobility sector. Visitors can try out the drive at the fair and take test drives.

    The basis is the brushless drive technology of the previous eDrive models. In order to keep the number of components, wear and tear, and maintenance costs to a minimum, there is also a serial hybrid variant. This version of the drive does not require a mechanical drive train, but an electric chain. The energy generated by the driver is sent to the rear motors via a generator. The European Commission recently decided to put bicycles with this drive technology on the same legal footing as conventional bicycles.

    The Pendix eDrive IN is already being used in various model projects. For example the logistics company Postnord has added eight cargo bikes including Pendix eDrive IN to its fleet. The new serial hybrid technology is also already being tested on the Stadtaffe model from cargo bike manufacturer Vowag. Series production of the Pendix eDrive IN is scheduled to begin at the end of 2022.

    Pendix Managing Director Thomas Herzog is looking forward to the reactions of the specialist audience: “Our entire team put a lot of heart and soul into the development of the Pendix eDrive IN. And I think a really innovative and future-proof drive has emerged with which we want to help drive the turnaround in traffic. In any case, the first reactions from our customers are consistently positive, and I’m looking forward to hearing what the Eurobike visitors think after they’ve done a lap.”

    The Eurobike will take place from July 13th to 17th, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main. In Hall 8, where Pendix is ​​represented at booth F19, everything revolves around “Future Mobility” over 30,000 square meters. In addition to bicycles, the focus is primarily on e-mobility, climate protection, digitization and sustainability, light electric vehicles, or cargo bikes. Topics such as microhubs, the last mile, or connections to public transport are also part of the program.

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  4. Mahle X20 drive system production begins in Slovenia

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    Source: RadMarkt

    LEVA-EU member, Mahle, has begun production of the X20 e-bike drive system at its assembly line in Slovenia. The site, located in Šempeter pri Gorici, currently employs around 20 workers and has already delivered its first engines after becoming operational this year.

    The Mahle X20 drive system weighs less than 3.2 kilograms – including the battery and control unit. The motor delivers an impressive 23 Newton meters of power directly to the wheel, comparable to a mid-motor of 55Nm of torque, making the model suitable for gravel bikes, racing bikes, and urban e-bikes. Within the X20, a range of sensors monitor acceleration, speed, torque, temperature, and cadence. Artificial intelligence then works within the motor to continuously adjust drive power in line with cyclist behavior.

    Dr. Armin Messerer, Vice President Mechatronics and responsible for the E-Bike Drive Systems division at Mahle shares, “We are pleased that the industrialization of the X20 went so smoothly and that we have already been able to deliver the first e-bike motors from Šempeter to our customers. With our X20 drive system, which can be installed almost invisibly in the frame and hub, we offer our customers a top-class product that sets new standards in terms of power-to-weight ratio.

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  5. Klever launches new speed pedelec, the N Rogue 45 

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    Source: NieuwsFiets

    LEVA-EU Member Klever has introduced its latest e-bike model, the N Rogue 45

    The new launch reveals a brand-new frame design and is equipped as standard with an 850 Wh battery (a 1200 Wh battery is optionally available) and a 600W Biactron 2.0 rear wheel motor, which can be secured by means of the motor lock. The motor offers four different assistance options: N, Eco, Tour and Max. 

    N Rogue 45 is capable of carrying riders of up to 150 kg, and the XL version is suitable for taller riders up to 205 cm. 

    The e-bike is built primarily with own-brand Klever components, more and more of which are made in-house. This gives Klever greater control over all aspects of the bike to ensure all parts work together efficiently and reliably. Klever says it allows them to innovate regardless of the industry’s shortcomings. 

    The N Rogue 45 is Klever’s first speed pedelec under € 5000, with the brand aiming to make this segment accessible to a wider audience. Klever says they’ve put everything they’ve learned over the past decade into the N Rogue, making it practical, drivable and comfortable, as well as capable of carrying heavy loads. 

    As with other Klever products, dual sensor technology is in use; the N Rogue 45 is equipped with both a rotation and force sensor. This provides a natural and fluid support, without having to shoot forward with a single kick. 

    Regarding lighting, the N Rogue 45 is fitted with a powerful headlight of 730 Watt and 1350 Watt with high beam and a flashing light function. 

  6. Ellio develops Marty, pioneered for multiple cycling modes

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    Belgian brand Ellio has launched Marty, the cargo bike that can serve as a full replacement for the car. Marty was developed from the findings of an extensive survey among the Ellio community and Flemish workers. With Marty, Ellio wants to further respond to the needs of car users who want to make the “modal shift” to the bicycle. Commuting to work in combination with transporting children and shopping appears to be one of the main reasons for working people to take the car. With Marty, Ellio is the first to offer a real alternative.

    An online survey conducted by research agency iVOX on behalf of Ellio was undertaken between 4 and 11 May 2022 among 1,000 working Flemish people, representative by gender, age and diploma.

    The all-wheel drive E-bikes from Belgian-based, Ellio are notable for their unique design, with a low centre of gravity and unprecedented stability. In addition to the Ellio Elite, Enjoy and Essential, the brand is now releasing a new model called Marty. Marty retains the unique riding characteristics for which Ellio has become known, but also has a completely new frame that is also produced closer to home. Marty has been extended at the back so that groceries, children or extra luggage can easily be transported. The suspension is a first in the long tail bike market. As a result, shocks at higher speeds are absorbed perfectly.

    Marty will be available in two versions that refer to their speed limits: Marty 25 and Marty 45. Ellio’s main focus will remain on commuting, but now opens up possibilities for combined stops. From May 31 you can reserve a Marty in one of the four new colours: Mint Green, Light Blue, Rust Orange and Black Matt. The new model will officially go into production in the summer of 2023. And why the name Marty? It is a nod to Marty McFly, a character from Back to the Future. After all, the “long tail bike” is not a new concept, but Ellio is making it the future with Marty.

    “A cargo bike is nice for those who make short trips in the city, but you can’t call it a full-fledged alternative to the car because long distances are out of the question. With its large battery, the Marty 25 has an unprecedented range in the cargo bike market. Ellio goes even one step further with the Marty 45. It is the very first cargo bike that can really say it is a speed pedelec. The functionality of a cargo bike combined with the speed of a speed pedelec makes the model a worthy car replacement. ”

    — Jorrit Heidbuchel, co-founder Ellio

    With Marty, Ellio plays on combining commuting with shopping and transporting children. The design was extended at the rear and the brand developed attachments such as a children’s bench with footboard, and a cargo box to make combined routes feasible. No fewer than 7 out of 10 Flemings indicate that they sometimes make a stopover during their home-to-work journey. For example, 3 in 5 working Flemish people who do not only work from home, say that they sometimes combine their commute with shopping and 2 in 5 also combine this with picking up or dropping off their child(ren).

    It is remarkable that almost half of the working Flemish would consider making their home-work journey by bicycle if it is suitable for combined routes. Marty thus responds to a social necessity and appeals not only to the active Ellio community, but to the Flemish in general.

    The vast majority of Flemish people live within 40 km of their work. The ideal distance for Marty.

    We are increasingly living close to work. For example, more than 2 in 5 Flemish (43%) indicate that they have to travel between 10 and 40 kilometres from their main residence to work. For this distance, Marty 45 is the ideal commuter partner. A similar proportion (38%) say their work is less than 6 miles from their primary residence, an appropriate distance for the Marty 25.

    “For young families, the car is still too often the only option as a means of transport. Belgian legislation does not yet allow children to be transported on a speed pedelec. Ellio is therefore striving to apply a change in the law that allows children to be transported on a speed pedelec, provided that it does not go faster than 25 km/h. This way you can bring your children to school at a safe speed and drive straight to work on the higher speed of the speed pedelec. The potential for the modal shift is enormous!”

    — Tomas Keppens, Founder Ellio

    Sales info

    From May 31, the model Marty will go on pre-order in 4 colors: Mint Green, Light Blue, Rust Orange and Black Matt. Marty can be reserved online through the Ellio website.

  7. QWIC strengthens sales position in Germany

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    Dutch LEVA-EU member e-bike brand QWIC is strengthening its sales position in Germany by entering into a partnership with the E-motion E-bike Expert Group. Dealers in the dealer network of the E-motion Group are specialized in electric bicycles and only carry e-bike types and brands of the highest quality and reliability. QWIC is known for its qualitatively and innovatively designed e-bikes.

    The collaboration between E-motion and QWIC started in April. The quality of the QWIC e-bikes was decisive for E-motion to enter into the partnership. The good availability of QWIC e-bikes and the fact that only QWIC employees are the point of contact for service have also contributed to this.

    In addition, a convincing argument was that the dealer can always respond to the wishes of the customer and reorder e-bikes according to individual needs via the QWIC Dealer portal and without shipping costs. The high quality and durable components of the bicycles, as well as the design and the very comfortable riding characteristics, convinced E-motion.

    “I am very pleased that we have again secured an important strategic partner with the E-motion E-bike Expert Group and its e-bike experts to make the QWIC brand accessible to customers throughout Germany and to strengthen the specialized trade”, says Rasched Abu-Isbeih, Sales Manager, QWIC Germany.

    Since 2009, the E-motion E-bike Expert Group has been an independent association of economically independent specialist dealers specializing in electric bicycles. The network currently consists of 75 e-bike expert shops in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

  8. Podbike updates on manufacturing progress

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    LEVA-EU Member Podbike reports on an intensely busy time at headquarters as they focus on delivering their first run of bikes to pre-order customers.

    During some last-minute design checks, Podbike staff discovered that the rivets used on the FRIKAR’s base plate did not match the manufacturer’s claimed technical specifications. To fully ensure reliability, Podbike are undertaking additional fatigue-testing to check the rivets’ durability.

    With the testing ongoing, Podbike hope that no changes will be needed. However, if the rivets are found to be not strong enough, new base plates will be built. These are due to arrive in July.

    Podbike have reiterated that first FRIKAR deliveries will go to customers in Norway and then to customers in Germany. Starting in 2023, Podbike will launch in other countries, one at a time.

    Podbike also report on engineering tweaks to the FRIKAR’s design, which have been integrated following insightful comments during last year’s test ride tour of Norway and northern Germany.

    One issue which has challenged Podbike’s engineers is unwanted noise inside the cabin. The electric motor, plus the sound of the driver pedalling, was a bit too loud for some.

    Podbike are working to optimize the solution while also avoiding adding too much weight, and report that solving the noise issue will take time. They acknowledge that this is a common issue for every velomobile where the drivetrain and moving parts are inside the rider cabin, rather than hidden in a separate, heavy and soundproofed engine compartment.

    Finally, Podbike have shared details and a short video of their new Dynamometer Jig for dyno testing the FRIKAR.

    Those interested in contributing to the Podbike crowdfunder can register their interest here.  

  9. Segway Unveils New AI-Powered Scooter at Micromobility Europe

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    At the recent Micromobility Europe (MME) 2022 trade show in the Netherlands, LEVA-EU Member Segway unveiled its latest model of artificial intelligence (AI) – powered e-scooter.

    Introduced for the first time at MME 2022, the S90L is an e-scooter that combines a full spectrum of AI technologies, all enhanced and working in tandem. Superior safety and sustainability in shared vehicles are increasingly demanded by regulators and fleet operators, and manufacturers have traditionally relied on third-party solutions for features such as lane detection and parking detection. However, Segway’s S90L is setting a precedence in the industry; it’s the first time that all AI technologies – from intelligent sensors to algorithms – are designed and developed through one integrated platform, namely the Segway Pilot.

    Segway Pilot is powered by Qualcomm’s latest AI technologies and Segway’s own capabilities in computer vision and deep learning. The system autonomously senses and detects diverse elements in an urban setting, for example pavements, parking opportunities and pedestrian mass. Safeguarding privacy is simultaneously kept, by blurring facial characteristics at the time of image capture. Through visual and voice prompts, the S90L and other vehicles equipped with Segway Pilot provide real-time guidance and assistance to riders. This fundamentally improves safety. Segway Pilot monitors various parking environments for operators and encourages responsible parking behavior from riders.

    In charge of general management of AI and Robotics R&D of Segway-Ninebot is Yusen Qin, who comments, “We are proud of Segway Pilot’s capabilities in semi-autonomous driving. AI is accelerating how shared micromobility adapts to evolving urban environments and regulatory requirements, and Segway is looking forward to working with partners in delivering innovative solutions through an open platform”.

    In addition to the S90L, Segway has showcased its full roster of shared electronic vehicles in Amsterdam. This includes e-bikes and e-mopeds, each powered by unique smart features, ranging from electric wheel locks to automatic helmet detection. Many of the models are already powering shared micromobility leaders such as Lyft, Tier and Helbiz.

    Alan Zhao, General Manager of Commercial Mobility Business Division, Segway-Ninebot, comments that shared micromobility is embarking on another growth period in the post-pandemic world, “People around the globe are more conscientious than ever about the need for green transportation, and Segway is well-positioned to help the shared micromobility industry meet these new demands”.

    Despite global supply chain disruptions, Segway celebrated the production of its ten-millionth e-scooter earlier this year, a remarkable milestone. In addition, it has promoted “the Dawn of AI and Micromobility” theme at MME 2022. The company champions the idea of “AIOT” – the blending of AI and IoT (internet of things) in not only shared electric vehicles, but also its software and hardware integration as an open platforms.

    To learn more about Segway’s full lineup of products at MME 2022, visit: https://b2b.segway.com/mme-2022/

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