Bosch eBike Systems announce R200 e-bike range test
Bosch eBike Systems has made progress on a standard for measuring the ranges of e-bikes with defined parameters. The R200 has been developed in cooperation with ZIV (Germany’s bicycle industry association) and major companies from the bicycle industry are getting behind it.
E-bikes push turnover.
Dutch Accell Group made 34 percent of its turnover with e-bikes in the first half of 2015. Total turnover was up 13 percent at 537.8 million euros. Growth of the segment is expected to continue, as new speed pedelecs by Haibike and Sparta will be introduced.
Bentley, Gigafactory, Formula 1, Accell Group, Nissan.
Bentley hybrid: Bentley unveiled the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept in Geneva. The two-seater features a hybrid drivetrain, combining a six cylinder engine and two electric motors. If the concept will make it to serial production depends on customer feedback.
Gigafactory delayed? According to a local job posting from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at the end of January, work at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada has been “cut back by 80%.” Tesla meanwhile says the factory is on schedule and first batteries should be delivered by the end of 2016.
Shocked by a hybrid? Formula 1 teams are considering boycotting the race in Melbourne, following a still unresolved accident by Fernando Alonso. Rumour has it he experienced an electric shock from his Honda’s hybrid KERS system. The Grand Prix Driver’s Association (GPDA) said that “all the rumours of an electric shock are false,” but is waiting for medical reports to “understand the full picture.”
sportbild.bild.de (boycott; article in German), telegraph.co.uk (GPDA)
Good year for Accell Group: The company released its figures for 2014. Overall bikes sales increased 23 percent, while e-bikes made up 41 percent of sales last year. Moreover, e-bikes are also responsible for an increase of the average price of bicycles from 336 to 377 euros (364 to 408 dollars).
New Leaf look? Green Car Reports wonders whether Nissan’s Sway concept presented at the Geneva Motor Show could be a glimpse at the next Nissan Leaf. The author bases his prediction on Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura’s statement that one should expect “less EV-ness.” The carmaker says the concept shows the potential direction of the next generation of the Micra.
Oerlikon Fairfield, ZF Friedrichshafen, Accell Group, Lawless Industries.
Off-highway hybrid: A new drivetrain from Oerlikon Fairfield is said to save 30% fuel and will be introduced in March. Initially, the hybrid system was developed to power a wheel loader but the company says it may be used in other off-highway applications as well.
New test centre: German ZF Friedrichshafen announced plans for a new testing centre for transmissions in Friedrichshafen. The automotive supplier will merge departments of its current R&D Center to gain office space but will also build a new building to house workshops, labs and test benches.
New e-bike middle motor: Dutch Accell Group will extend its own e-bike drive system ‘Ion’ to include a mid-motor. The system will be presented this autumn and follows predictions that pedelecs with middle motors will dominate in the future while demand for front hub drives is believed to decrease.
Electric dragster: The SR-37 now features a 1.5 megawatt electric drive system fitted by ‘Lawless Industries’ from Poland. The custom-built General Electric motor has been tuned to be strong enough for the 200 mph+, 6-second drag race over 1/4 mile.
E-bike sales Accell Group.
An increase of 23 per cent in e-bike sales made 2013 another successful year for Dutch Accell Group. Pedelecs thus accounted for 35% of Accell’s total bicycle sales last year, compared with 32% in 2012.