ADAC in Germany and ÖAMTC in Austria launch eBike projects
Vienna police also rely on eBikes that are “epowered by Bosch”
Electromobility as a solution in inner-city traffic
Stuttgart/Reutlingen – Austria's ÖAMTC is into its second roadside assistance season with eBikes in Vienna and Germany's ADAC has followed suit with an eBike project of its own. What the roadside assistance teams for cars, motorcycles and bicycles in Germany and Austria have in common is that they are using eBikes with a Bosch drive system. A large number of police officers in Vienna are now in action on power-assisted eBikes too.
ADAC launches eBike pilot projects in Stuttgart and Berlin The ADAC's “Yellow Angels” are putting to good use the experience gained by their opposite numbers in Vienna and launching pilot project. In Stuttgart and Berlin trials are under way to see whether using eBikes improves flexibility and speed in the provision of roadside assistance. The ADAC is now using pedelecs power-assisted by the most dynamic and powerful Bosch Performance Line and Performance Line CX drives. The ADAC eBikes have a trailer with a hydraulic brake system that can carry up to 70 kg of tools. The Yellow Angels are directly connected to the central database via a tablet that is part of their equipment.
Based on positive experience gained in Vienna The ÖAMTC reports excellent results from Vienna. In nine out of ten pilot phase callouts the eBike roadside assistance team was able to get the vehicle up and running again. eBikes make swift progress in traffic jams, can use cycle tracks and need very little space in which to park. So they are back in service with this modern form of mobility for a second season from May. The Vienna police are also using power-assisted eBikes. Compared with cyclists and motorists who are in breach of traffic regulations the police officer with power assistance is clearly at an advantage, and on an eMountain bike that includes cross-country assignments.
eBikes: A sign of smart mobility “eBikes open up unforeseen opportunities for smart mobility, especially in urban areas. The fact that eBikes now assist the 'Yellow Angels' with their customer service and even power the police on duty is indicative of the wide-ranging uses to which this technology can be put,” says Tamara Winograd, Press spokesperson for Bosch eBike Systems.
Riva del Garda - Season's start in the Mecca of mountain biking
eMountain biking with Bosch: Riding technique, test trials, eBike races
Performance Line CX takes sporting eMountain biking to a new level
Stuttgart/Reutlingen – From 29 April to 1 May Riva del Garda in northern Italy is hosting the 23rd bikeFESTIVAL. This event on Lake Garda marks the start of the new mountain biking season. The latest trend is toward eMountain biking. More and more people are discovering how much easier battery-powered assistance makes off-road biking. Bosch eBike Systems is supporting this trend with the Performance Line CX, a drive system specially developed for the needs of sporting eBikers. On site Bosch eBike Systems is offering interested bikers a wide range of information and trial facilities: from its own Expo stand via training sessions in riding technique to eMountain bike races.
Perfect conditions for mountain bikers South Tyrol is a popular tourist destination. Nearly 6.2 million people a year visit the region to relax or to pursue sporting activities. Forty percent of the region's surface area is at altitudes of over 2,000 meters, which is ideal for mountain bikers. The area around Riva on the northern shore of Lake Garda is especially attractive for mountain bike fans with its breathtaking setting. Riva has hosted the bikeFESTIVAL since 1994, and around 40,000 visitors and 180 exhibitors will jointly usher in the mountain bike season there.
eMTB: Cycling fun for mountain bike freaks, downhillers, and free riders A varied framework program awaits visitors in Riva. It includes an exhibition, trial runs and races in different mountain bike disciplines, one of which is eMountain biking. In the Bosch eMTB Marathon competitors face a distance of 41.5 kilometers and a cumulative elevation gain of around 1,500 meters. The uphill flow sections are a special attraction for eBikers. For everything to do with eMountain biking, the latest products and trends, the Bosch eBike Systems will be the place to go. There will also be an opportunity to go on guided eBike tours. A special highlight will be the riding technique training sessions with former trials world champion and mountain bike professional Stefan Schlie.
“Cycling with power assistance is like many other new developments. You can only pass judgment if you have tried it out yourself,” says Tamara Winograd, head of marketing and communication at Bosch eBike Systems. “Anyone who wants to know more about the trend toward eMountain biking as a sporting discipline and about the latest eBike technology is cordially invited to visit our stand, to try out the latest models extensively and to experience the unique feeling for themselves.”
Properly equipped for off-road racing As a pioneer in a young discipline that combines sport, nature and technology, Bosch eBike Systems is promoting mountain biking with battery-powered assistance, and in the Performance Line CX its portfolio includes a drive system that is exactly geared to the needs of mountain bikers. Starting on steep ascents is no problem thanks to a torque of 75 Newton meters. Maximum power assistance of up to 300 percent in Turbo mode takes eMountain bikers forward fast and makes ascents fun. In combination with the new PowerPack 500 battery eMountain bikes can now cover even longer off-road distances.
More than 77,000 eBikes were sold in Austria in 2015
Sales have roughly quadrupled since 2010
Bosch eBike Systems still sees clear potential for growth
Vienna. Stuttgart/Reutlingen. – In 2015, Austria developed into one of the leading sales markets in relation to population for eBikes in Europe. Every fifth bicycle sold in Austria is now an eBike.
eBike sales in Austria show strong increase According to the VSSÖ (Austrian Association of Sporting Goods Manufacturers and Sports Outfitters), eBike sales in 2015 accounted for more than 77,000 units out of a total sales volume of 390,000 bicycles. Compared to 2014 (50,000 eBikes sold), electric bicycle sales grew by over 50 per cent. Since 2010, annual eBike sales have nearly quadrupled in Austria. This probably makes Austria one of the leading eBike markets in relation to population in Europe. By way of comparison: according to the ZIV (German Bicycle Industry Association), in Germany, which is the largest market in Europe, the eBike share of the total bicycle market was 12.5% in 2015, or 535,000 units. In terms of the number of eBikes sold per million inhabitants, Germany has approximately 6,700, while Austria currently has more than 8,850.
Bosch still sees clear growth potential Bosch eBike Systems is a driving force on this growth market. The global leader in the premium segment sees excellent prospects for the coming years. “In the medium term, every third new bicycle sold in Central Europe will probably be an eBike. At the moment, the primary focus is on the trend towards sport applications; the electric tailwind is also gaining in popularity among mountain bikers,” Claus Fleischer, head of Bosch eBike Systems, said. The product division uses a diverse range of activities to promote the sustainable development of eMountain bikes (eMTBs) in the Alpine region. Bosch has taken the lead in this sector with the development of the Performance Line CX, a drive system that has been specially designed to meet the needs of eMountain bikers. eBike sales in Austria verify this trend; eMTBs are in especially high demand. The Austrian tourist industry is also increasingly focusing on comprehensive eBike offers and investing in the respective infrastructure. This includes service and maintenance facilities, charging and rental stations, eBike routes and guides. Bosch eBike Systems is supporting pilot projects at select holiday destinations.