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  1. 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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  2. CityQ Joins eSync Alliance

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    Source: eSync

    LEVA-EU member and automotive innovator CityQ becomes one of the latest eSync Alliance members, allowing it to provide OTA updates and diagnostics for the first time

    On May 10, 2023, the eSync Alliance, a global automotive initiative for the standardization of over-the-air (OTA) updates and diagnostics, welcomed LEVA-EU member CityQ and Luxoft as new association members. The pair join a rapidly growing network of automakers, Tier-1 suppliers and digital software companies already enjoying the benefit of the eSync bi-directional data pipeline.  

    CityQ’s range of four-wheeled e-bikes aim to maximize comfort, capacity, efficiency, and safety by providing users with an attractive alternative to a car for urban personal transport. Manufactured in Germany, the bikes can travel at speeds of up to 25km/h and can be fitted with a modular storage compartment for last-mile logistics and deliveries.

    An example of CityQ’s four-wheeled electric bike

    Mike Gardner, Executive Director of the eSync Alliance, said: “The eSync Alliance is growing rapidly and the addition of CityQ and Luxoft – two companies working in diverse and important areas of the automotive sector – demonstrate how important a standardized OTA specification is to the industry’s future. We’re confident that both businesses will prove to be valuable partners and we look forward to their unique perspectives contributing to a stronger standard in the months to come.” 

    Morten Rynning, CEO at CityQ, said, “Working with the eSync Alliance will enable CityQ to add connectivity for OTA, and to remotely diagnose and upgrade the vehicles. As well as improving the service we can offer to CityQ owners, this will be particularly useful for fleet management, one of our major markets.” 

    Proven in millions of vehicles globally, eSync is a robust, repeatable solution for OTA deployment. The only universal bi-directional pipeline, eSync is currently used by more than 30 OEMs and Tier-1s, helping to simplify the development process and speed up the transition to SDVs. 

    About CityQ 

    CityQ is the first vehicle platform for city pods and 4-wheel e-bikes, with doors and full weather protection, as well as a cargo bed for luggage and rear seats for 2 children. The e-bikes feature connectivity and pedal by wire instead of mechanical chain or gears. CityQ is the new e-bike with car capabilities, making the shift from car to bicycling easier. See CityQ

    About the eSync™ Alliance
    The eSync™ Alliance is a non-profit trade association driving a multi-company solution for Over-the-Air (OTA) updates and diagnostics data in the automotive electronics space, potentially saving billions of dollars per year for automakers. By working together in the Alliance, companies benefit from a simplified development environment made possible by a standardized yet customizable platform. The Alliance is based around the eSync platform of cloud and embedded components, providing a secure data pipeline to devices within a vehicle. Further information is at https://www.esyncalliance.org/ 

  3. 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.

  4. Marc Burkhardt joins QWIC as Sales Representative Germany

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    E-bike manufacturer and LEVA-EU member QWIC is excited to announce the addition of a new team member, Marc Burkhardt. As of April 3rd, Marc starts as the new Sales Representative for the Western part of Germany

    Marc is a highly experienced sales professional with over 30 years of sales experience, including over 20 years of experience in the specialist retail sector in the mobile phone industry. With his track record, he brings a wealth of experience to the QWIC team.

    Marc Burkhardt:I am excited to join the QWIC family and promote the brand’s e-bikes to existing and new dealers. QWIC is an exciting and innovative company, and I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to drive the growth of the brand.”

    His focus will be on continuing the good cooperation with the existing dealers and also expanding the dealer network, and on securing and expanding the brand positioning in his sales territory.

    More vacancies available
    QWIC is constantly looking for enthusiasts who want to contribute to the growth of QWIC. Do you want to be part of QWIC’s success? Check out all vacancies here.

  5. E-scooter industry recommendations published by micromobility operators

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    Source: Futuretransport-News, T. May

    Micromobility operators including LEVA-EU member Dott, alongside Voi, Lime, Superpedestrian and TIER, have collaborated on publishing industry recommendations to European cities on the best practices for safe and well-managed micromobility services

    To support the increasing uptake of micromobility services in numerous cities, a report outlining best practices has been prepared by five operators, designed to assist cities move from pilot programmes to permanent regulations.

    The report was signed by Henri Moissinac, CEO of LEVA-EU member Dott; Wayne Ting, CEO of Lime; Assaf Biderman, CEO of Superpedestrian; Lawrence Leuschner, CEO of TIER Mobility; and Fredrik Hjelm, CEO of Voi.

    It highlights several common features of well-managed micromobility programmes, with regard to both administration and operations.

    Number of Operators

    A balance should be sought between avoiding oversaturation, while maintaining customer choice and healthy competition. The suggested guideline is that markets deploying over 1,000 e-scooters have a minimum of two and maximum of three operators.

    Fleet Size

    Manageability of fleet size and maintaining tidiness is key; an initial fleet should comprise 80-120 vehicles per square kilometre.

    Programme Length

    A programme should run for sufficient time to allow users to rely on vehicle availability, and for the set-up and evaluation of the services. The report recommends a minimum of two years for pilot schemes, and three-four years for permanent programmes.

    Contracts of this length could encourage operators to make longer-term investments in the cities.

    Operator Fees

    The fees to cover the costs of programme administration and public space occupancy should be consistent with those paid by similar modes, such as bike shares.

    If required, this should be a fixed annual fee per e-vehicle which is set prior to vendor selection and applies consistently across all operators.

    The operators claim that this would avoid negative outcomes such as overpromising on financial commitments or winning bids and then withdrawing due to unsustainable fees.

    They also ask that the fees recognise that e-scooter schemes are typically not subsidised.

    Data Sharing

    The five operators emphasise the value of uniform and automated data sharing through GBFS (General Bikeshare Feed Specification) and MDS (Mobility Data Specification) protocols.

    This allows for the consistent submission of data while protecting rider privacy.

    The use of these protocols enables operators to spend more time working with cities to provide useful data rather than having to build bespoke data provision.

    Selection Process

    The operators state that tenders are generally the best approach for identifying suitable micromobility operators in each city.

    License structures and free markets are less desirable, as they encourage oversaturation and poorly managed fleets.

    The report emphasises that operators should also never be selected based on financial contribution, as this can lead to an inability to deliver quality services when the business is not economically sustainable.

    Instead, tenders should prioritise reliability, safety, sustainability and fleet management.

    In addition, the operators ask that cities avoid issuing tenders that specify technology or operational practices, especially those that are just emerging, as this can limit innovation.

    In comparison, outcome-based and technology-neutral requirements encourage operators to use their experience and creativity to mitigate behaviours such as sidewalk riding, tandem riding and irresponsible parking. This approach encourages innovation based on local conditions and will allow new practices to develop.

    Operating Area

    The designated operating area for micromobility vehicles should optimise access to key destinations throughout the city.

    Generally, operating within the entire city boundary is preferable to connect residents with all destinations. Where this is not feasible, the report suggests a focus on important centres such as cultural hubs, businesses and recreational facilities.


    The report highlights the importance of providing sufficient parking close to where riders start and end their trips.

    In dense urban areas, this could include mandatory parking in dedicated, physical parking spots. A minimum of 40 parking bays should be provided per square kilometre and each scooter should have a minimum of three parking spots.

    Alternatively, cities can use stationless parking in less dense areas, or where infrastructure is not available. This provision should be accompanied by clear rules about safe parking and the inclusion of no parking zones.

    The report suggests that a hybrid system combining the two approaches is a practical way for cities to experiment with these options.


    The report recommends a maximum speed limit of between 20–25 kilometres per hour to ensure rider safety, and consistency with other vehicles such as e-bikes, allowing for safe riding that aligns with the pace of urban traffic.

    The report argues that a cap below 20 kilometres per hour increases risks by restricting riders to a speed that is significantly lower than other road users, and possibly encourage riders to ride on sidewalks if restricted to a low speed.


    The report suggests that helmets should be encouraged but not be required, as this would discourage the uptake of micromobility, increase social inequalities and create disproportionate enforcement costs.

  6. T&D. The new venture from Bafang

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    Source: Bafang

    ‘Electric Evolution’ signifies five pioneering e-motorcycle drive systems.

    Boasting 20-years of e-bicycle engineering, Bafang has branched out into what is arguably a logical next step forward, e-motorcycle drive systems. Manufactured in the same R&D location in Suzhou, China, T&D represents another opportunity to embrace greener technologies and a sustainable future.

    Why e-motorcycles?

    Bafang can contribute to the planet’s electric revolution and joins the e-motorcycle market as it begins to gather some significant pace. With many fans and partners alike, Bafang is set to make a good impression on the market with the new venture.

    When quizzed about the inner workings of T&D, Head of T&D, Vice General Manager of Bafang, Sunny He shared, “As a team, we sincerely value the harmonious existence of nature and humanity and are keenly aware of the natural demand for sustainable and intelligent products for our shared future. One way to achieve that coexistence is to follow the natural rhythm of things, and the time of e-motorbikes has truly arrived, the time is rife to go green.”

    The name, T&D, originates from Chinese culture; Tian & Di, or heaven and earth. It is reflective of the brand’s harmonious ecosystem outlook and is set to win many fans.

    What T&D will offer.

    Five e-drive systems have been developed by T&D to deliver electric solutions for every rider. On offer are off-road, sports, touring, urban, and indoor entertainment drive systems, all developed to produce the very best propulsion and riding experiences in accordance with nature and the planet. All the components in each drive system are certified as “green”, an accolade for other manufacturers to follow. More information can be found on the new T&D website and by subscribing to the T&D newsletter.

    Product highlights.

    FE01 (Storm) Off-Road Drive System:
    • Compact and lightweight design weighing only 21.66Kg
    • Vehicle-grade software architecture using the CAN communication protocol
    • Peak power at 60Kw
    • Torque exceeds 125N.m
    • Accomplishes climbing gradients of up to 60%
    • 0 – 50Km in 2.8s
    • 90% system efficiency

    LI01 (Forest) City Commuting Drive System:
    • Simple and efficient lightweight structure
    • Multiple high-precision current and temperature sensor motor
    • 72V 50Ah imported lithium battery
    • BMS with 6 major protection functions
    • 247N.m rear wheel torque
    • Top speeds of circa 80Km/h
    • Nimble and manageable handling

  7. Segway-Ninebot showcase new features for 2023

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    Source: Clean Rider M. Torregrossa

    LEVA-EU member Segway-Ninebot is expanding its range of electric scooters in 2023, from entry-level to advanced models.

    The Sino-American brand presented its new range at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where their 125 electric scooter, the Segway E300SE took stage with other models.

    G2 Max: an upscaled option

    In comparison to the 2019 MAX G30, the new MAX G2 can boast more power and better performance. An integrated rear wheel motor that develops 900 watts of peak power, a double suspension system and a new 551 Wh battery, propel the scooter to 25 km/h and offers a certified alternative to the new Xiaomi Electric Scooter 4 Ultra. A supplementary feature is the integration with Apple’s “Find My” function, meaning the scooter can be easily located via a mobile phone.

    The cost of the new Segway G2 is not yet announced, although prices are estimated to be around 1,000 €

    Segway-Ninebot MAX G2Segway-Ninebot MAX G30
    Nominal Power450W350W
    Peak Power900W700W
    Max Speed25km/h25km/h
    Maximum Range50km65km

    A revisited F2 range

    The F2 Series has also been redeveloped to address mid-range requirements. Comprising three models – F2, F2 Plus and F2 Pro – the updated models have a wider handlebar and integrated indicators.

    Segway-Ninebot F2Segway-Ninebot F2 PlusSegway-Ninebot F2 Pro
    Rated Power400W400W450W
    Peak Power800W800W900W
    Max Speed25km/h25km/h25km/h
    Battery367 Wh460 Wh460 Wh
    Maximum Range40km55km55km

    The developments are largely based around battery upgrades, where the basic models detail a pack of 367 Wh and the F2 Plus increases to 460 Wh. The F2 Pro, with upgrades to the front suspension and engine obtained from the G2, generates 900 watts of maximum power.

    Segway E2: the entry level option

    Two models in the E2 series are the latest low-cost offer from Segway, specifically designed for short journeys. The E2 showcases a 450 watt motor and a small 220 Wh battery that allow a single-charge journey of 25km and a 20km/h maximum speed. The E2 Plus has the same battery but a more powerful engine that delivers 25km/h.

    Segway-Ninebot E2Segway-Ninebot E2 Plus
    Nominal Power250W300W
    Peak Power450W500W
    EngineFront WheelFront Wheel
    Max Speed20km/h25km/h
    Maximum Range25km25km
  8. 300 participants certified after successful series of technical trainings from QWIC

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    E-bike manufacturer and LEVA-EU Member QWIC started the year with a new series of technical training courses. In January and February, a total of 12 technical training sessions took place at eight different locations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

    At QWIC’s recent training sessions, over 300 participants – QWIC dealers and mechanics – were retrained and certified. The training sessions not only gave participants the opportunity to brush up on their knowledge, but also to share experiences among themselves.

    The aim of the technical training sessions was to train and support QWIC dealers so that they can better respond to their customers’ questions and solve problems more effectively. At the end of the trainings, over 300 participants were officially certified.

    In addition, the training sessions also provided an opportunity to improve the provision of information to dealers. Sebastian Sterniak, Competence Centre Lead at QWIC, explains, “All questions asked by participants during the 12 training sessions have been compiled and will be shared with all participants, including answers and presentations from the training. The questions asked will also be incorporated into the information on QWIC knowledge base so that all dealers can benefit.

    To ensure that the training sessions matched participants’ needs as closely as possible, someone from the technical department was present during each session to hear experiences and share information.

    Feedback from participants
    Feedback from participants was very positive. Participants indicated that they liked the fact that these trainings were offered physically again and that the narrative was clear and transparent. In addition, they appreciated the fact that the training sessions focused purely on technique and tips for the workshop and were not sales-related.

  9. MAHLE X20 ePowers the first e-Gravel bike from Mondraker

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    LEVA-EU member, MAHLE SmartBike Systems, is the core of Mondraker’s adventure, long-distance, and technical terrain-focused gravel e-bike.

    Mondraker has embraced the Gravel category, launching the Dusty, its first electric gravel bike, as a way to return to the origins of cycling based on fun, the ability to go further, and the pleasure of pedaling over more complicated terrain. All of this comes with a very marked off-road character, something that is in perfect alignment with the philosophy that Mondraker applies to all its mountain bikes.

    The versatility of the new Dusty ePowered by MAHLE X20 looks to encompass the three most in-demand disciplines of gravel bikes: adventure, long-distance, and technical terrain.

    The e-Gravel adventure bike
    For short and explosive rides when there is only an hour or for those 1-2 days, the Dusty offers all the range a rider could ever need by just choosing the length and intensity of the ride.

    e-Gravel bike for long distances
    The new Dusty ePowered by MAHLE X20 System can travel up to 180km with its 350Wh internal battery, depending on the level of assistance and altitude gain. The Range Extender e185 applies 171 Wh of extra power, allowing the rider to go farther than ever by extending the electric range for up to 60 kilometers.

    e-Gravel riding on more technical terrain
    The new Dusty has been designed to offer unparalleled damping, providing significant comfort and control over technical terrain, enabling the rider to take the eBike far beyond what is imaginable.
    Mondraker has collaborated with MAHLE to develop specific firmware to define the assistance characteristics of the motor for use on gravel eBikes, with the goal of simulating the effort always made by the rider. This concept is called “WATTS ON DEMAND,” and follows these three core principles: Non-intrusive system, sufficient support to satisfy use for gravel riding and an “unlimited” range.

    MAHLE X20: The most natural assisted pedaling experience
    The new Dusty is ePowered by MAHLE X20, the lightest system on the market, weighing in at only 3.6 kg (iX350 battery included), and the most advanced in its class, offering a frictionless 55 Nm of torque with a seamless start and cutoff to the assistance.
    The Dusty has three levels of assistance that are fully configurable through the MySmartBike App. Regardless of which of the three available assistance levels is selected, the lack of aggressive pedaling transitions provides an excellent balance between the power applied and the assistance provided by the MAHLE X20 System. As such, the assistance of the motor at all three levels is applied progressively and is proportional to the cadence. Regardless of the selected level, the contribution is progressive and completely natural.

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