Continental eBike Set For Production In Q4 2014

AUG 5 2014 BY MARK KANE 3

The tooth profile of the CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM's heavy-duty timing belt ensures maximum jump-over protection on drives for bicycles, pedelecs, and e-bikes.

The tooth profile of the CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM’s heavy-duty timing belt ensures maximum jump-over protection on drives for bicycles, pedelecs, and e-bikes.

ContiTech Power Transmission Group, part of Continental, this Spring acquired Benchmark Drives founded in 2010.

Both companies has been for some time developing drive systems for bicycles, pedelecs, and e-bikes. Last year, ContiTech presented a complete drive system (CONTI eBIKE SYSTEM) comprising a central motor (with timing belt instead of the usual chain), display, control unit, and battery, positioned in the premium segment.

Konrad Müller, head of the ContiTech Power Transmission Group stated:

“The acquisition of BMD will boost sales of both systems. We also want to develop new drive systems for scooters and bicycles in order to convince manufacturers, once and for all, to use the timing belt instead of the conventional chain.”

Recently, ContiTech announced that production of CONTI DRIVE SYSTEM will start in the 4th quarter of 2014, while sales should begin next year.

First models with such drive will be available for test drives at the Eurobike trade fair from August 27 to 30, 2014 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Regina Arning, industry segment leader at the ContiTech Power Transmission Group remarked:

“In recent months we have had many conversations with manufacturers and optimized the system for what the market wants. The display now has higher resolution; the design of the motor housing and frame mount were adapted. This now makes the motor look even better on the frame and makes it more stable at the same time. The reworked battery management ensures better operational safety and is more energy efficient.”

More details about CONTI DRIVE SYSTEM can be found here.

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3 Comments on "Continental eBike Set For Production In Q4 2014"

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sven

Timing belt? Why call it a timing belt if there is no internal combustion to time.

German automakers and parts suppliers seem fascinated with bicycles. Over the years, streams of supposedly “superior” bikes or e-bikes get shown around and perhaps special-ordered through car dealers with big marques’ logos on them. This e-bike is like BMW i3, UBER-EXPENSIVE yet not worth it. Not providing the buyer MORE of anything. Buy a more powerful hub motor off the internet, so one day’s research on the best ones…Then buy a used aluminum mountain or road bike off Craigslist and slap on some li ion electric drill batteries in series, and for a few hundred bucks you’re faster, go further on electricity than any of these gimmicky e-bike, or non-e-bike fashion statements from Europe. An electric, made in USA Go-Ped makes much more sense than these for many EV drivers. They fold in half are easily portable and can get you that last few miles in city zones or to an event where parking is impossible. Have fun at the same time. BMW, for instance, on London’s Bel Air-style high zoot fashion row, opened up all sorts of glitz to show i3 to Brits. The i3 concept then had fancy schmancy proprietary BMW scooters that plugged into the cars cargo… Read more »

*er…try, http://www.goped.com then the electric scooter drop down…

Peace.