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Is E-Bike Motor Market Getting Overcrowded?
TAIPEI, Taiwan – At last July’s Eurobike it was clearly noticeable; the earlier this month held Taipei Cycle Show once more underlined this trend. It’s about the fact that the number of e-bike motor providers continues to grow strongly. Among the newcomers are some formidable multi-billion euro multinationals with a long history of serving the car industry. Taipei Cycle 2018 again showed that e-bike motor supply continues to grow strongly. Is the motor market becoming overcrowded?
The best evidence of such dynamics featured last July’s Eurobike show. After Bosch, Continental and Brose, ZF is the next of the multi-billion euro car components multinationals to enter the (electric) bike market. The 40 billion euro and over 130,000 staffed company is for that brushing off a brand name that it had lying in waiting for decades to re-enter the marketplace where it once hold a leading position. Sachs is back. With the power of ZF, Sachs could turn into a serious competitor for the current leading supplier of e-bike systems; Bosch. At least, as the 2nd biggest car component maker in Europe (after Bosch) and 3rd placed in the world, the company can be regarded as having the capability to do just that. It’s also one of the goals it has set for itself. ZF is aiming at becoming a volume supplier of e-bike systems with production of the Sachs RS mid-motor to start in 2019. That motor is focused on the e-MTB segment as it offers a remarkable high torque of 110Nm, already at a low 60 rpm’s.
Interesting is also that ZF/Sachs, together with BrakeForceOne and Magura (they formed a joint venture company named Sachs Micro Mobility), presented it’s e-bike drive system including an ABS system. And one that thanks to its compact dimensions allows for frame integration. With this integrated anti-blocking brake system bikes are entering uncharted territory with sensors and actuators that combine electronics and hydraulic technologies. It’s bringing new standards to electric bicycles.
In addition to Sachs more newcomers in e-bike drives originating from the car industry debuted at Eurobike. Like Mubea and Metz while from China Zhejiang Star Union presented its Factor labeled drive system.
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