Bosch Reveals New Lineup Of Custom eBike Drive Units – videos

AUG 2 2014 BY MARK KANE 10

Bosch eBike Drive Unit

Bosch eBike Drive Unit

Bosch recently presented its line of eBike Drive Units, which are available for electric bike manufacturers.

The German company has been developing and offering such solutions since 2009 ands see strong growth in sales and revenues.

New designs of eBike Drive Units enable more customization for different brands and models.

These highly integrated machines support bikers up to 25 km/h or even 45 km/h depending on version.

Here is latest press release, but most of the interesting information can be found in the videos below.

“Bosch eBike Systems offers more visual differentiation in its Drive Units. With the new design options, manufacturers are able to customize the core of the Bosch drive system even more to the respective eBike model. They decide for themselves whether they use Bosch design cover with the inverse color option (Active Line) or develop their own design cover to fit perfectly into the eBike frame of their pedelecs with the Active Line and Performance Line. With the Performance Line CX to be launched in spring of 2015, there will also be a purist drive unit with matte-black powder coating and a reduced design cover, which will allow full-suspension mountain eBikes to be constructed more easily as “naked bikes,” for example.”

New designs for cool eBikes

“Thanks to new design possibilities, Bosch drive systems and thus the eBikes of manufacturers will feature even more variety. For the Active Line, eBike manufacturers can choose between the well-known platinum-colored design cover and an inverse version with black as the main color. In this way, the manufacturer has even more design freedom and can adjust the frame design optimally to the different design option of the Drive Unit. In addition, manufacturers can also design the cover according to their own ideas. The eBike becomes unique through use of the Bosch logo and the logo of the respective product line.”

Performance Line CX: For real performers

“Bosch eBike System sets a clear statement for performers with the Performance Line CX. This Drive Unit is designed primarily for manufacturers and eBikers who value a clean, technical look, perfect integration with additional ground clearance, and an optimized weight. The highlight: The design cover was reduced, saving 200 g of weight and making the pedelec into a “naked bike”. The Drive Unit remains virtually uncovered and is given a high-quality powder coating. The robust black lacquer protects from knocks and corrosion and has a scratch-resistant and weatherproof surface, making it ideal for off-road use. In addition, the Performance Line CX is easier to integrate into the frame, especially with full-suspension eMTBs.”

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These could be used to make a lightweight electric quadricycle…

Middle motors are crap, because they don’t support recuperation.

I have an in hub bike that I like. but I kind of like this design as it has less unsprung weight

How incredibly elegant design…

Neat idea but way too expensive. For the price, I’d rather buy a nice used motorcycle.

Bicycles have advantages over motorcycles. They can be easily transported in your hatchback car, or even on a city bus bike rack. They are easier to park downtown, and do not require a drivers license.

You also get some exercise, but with electric assist not too much exercise climbing hills. 🙂

There are reasons that bicycles still sell well 100 years after the invention of the motorcycle, and eBikes are selling quite well since inexpensive Li-ion batteries have been available.

I like motorcycles also, but bicycles and eBikes have their own appeal.


I agree with all the bicycle advantage you listed. I can even think of a few more. That’s why I own two bicycles … each about $300. But the eBikes I’ve seen cost 10 to 20 times that amount. That’s more then my motorcycles are worth.

The radio-control industry (another hobby of interest) has brought us low-cost high-power efficient brushless motors and controllers that could be applied to eBikes too. It should be possible to make a universal power unit that bolts on above the back wheel of most bicycles. It could be controlled wirelessly from a handlebar unit that could apply power and regenerative braking. The hardware should cost about $200, and it could retail for about $500 I think.

Reading comments about bicycles on a car site always makes me laugh. Martians trying to understand an alien culture. 🙂

True, but technically this is an electric “vehicle” (not just car) site. Hence the subset of articles about bikes, motorcycles, buses, copters, planes, boats, etc.

These Bosch systems have been in other bikes before, but the real news is that Bosch has partnered with Felt bicycles to bring several ground-up designs of electric bikes. Very cool tech.
We carry them at the electric bike store I run.

By the way, Counterstrike Cat, recuperation or regenerative braking is far less effective on a bicycle; it can actually wind up costing energy. Warren said it best: Martians understanding alien culture.