Press release #eBike Systems

ABS from Bosch eBike Systems now in fleet use

The first eBikes with ABS on Germany's roads

  • The Bosch eBike ABS is being used by selected fleet providers
  • Bicycles with the Bosch eBike ABS will be available for purchase from au-tumn/winter 2018.
  • Outlook: eBike ABS with potential to become a mass phenomenon
Tamara Winograd

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Stuttgart/Reutlingen – The market’s first production-ready anti-lock braking system (ABS) for eBikes will be in service at selected fleet providers starting in spring 2018. The Bosch eBike ABS will be installed by the manufacturers Centurion, Cresta, Flyer, Kalkhoff and Riese & Müller in trekking and city eBikes. The bicycles with Bosch eBike ABS will be equipped with the Performance Line (Cruise and Speed) and the Intuvia display.

Use in fleets at selected manufacturers

The bicycle manufacturers Centurion, Cresta, Flyer, Kalkhoff and Riese & Müller will take on a pioneering role and bring the Bosch eBike ABS on the roads. Currently, there are a total of 150 bicycles with Bosch eBike ABS in fleet use on the roads. The pedelecs with ABS will be used as test bikes at selected dealers of Centurion and Cresta, in an event fleet at the Flyer headquarters in Huttwil, in Kalkhoff test fleets with rental stations for tourists, as well as in Riese & Müller experience stores.
By participating in the introductory phase, the bicycle manufacturers are calling attention to the potential and safety-related aspects of this new development. At the same time, the introductory phase helps the bicycle manufacturers and Bosch eBike Systems prepare for widespread use of this system.

Bosch eBike ABS will be introduced in phases

"We are introducing the system step by step. We have been supplying the ABS to bicycle manufacturers since September 2017. They first integrate it into bicycles that go into so-called fleet operation - for example in tourist fleets or rental fleets", Claus Fleischer explains. As a rationale for the two-stage introduction, the CEO of Bosch eBike Systems cites the fact that ABS is completely new for the industry: "We used the time during the winter season to train the manufacturers and dealers. The Bosch eBike ABS will then be available for purchase from autumn/winter 2018".

Development of the Bosch eBike ABS

Bosch has developed the ABS for eBikes to increase traffic safety for eBikers and their surroundings. "Braking systems introduced in recent decades have made cycling both easier and safer. Many people think back to the first cable brakes, and then hydraulic and disc brakes. The available braking force has increased significantly. The ABS now adds even better control of this braking force, especially at times when the cyclist must react quickly. It thus brings more stability," as Fleischer states.
The eBike ABS reduces the likelihood of the front wheel locking and skidding or the rear wheel lifting from the ground. The braking distance and the risk of rollovers and falls can be reduced in this way. "With front wheel ABS, wheel speed sensors monitor the speed of both wheels. As soon as the front wheel threatens to lock, the Bosch eBike ABS regulates the brake pressure, thus optimising the riding stability and steering capability of the eBike", Fleischer explains.
According to a study carried out by Bosch’s Accident Research, the number of pedelec accidents can be reduced by as much as 25 percent if the ABS is used widely.

The future of the eBike ABS

In developing the eBike ABS, Bosch collaborated with its long-standing partner Magura, which has manufactured a special braking system. In the 2018/19 model years, the Bosch eBike ABS is only available in this combination. The ABS is compatible with all Bosch product lines; use is primarily geared to trekking and city eBikes with 28-inch wheels. Fleischer is convinced of the potential of the eBike ABS: “The analogies to cars and motorcycles have shown that such systems start out as special equipment in the premium segment and then are mass-produced and become an option in the lower price range, and later on they are required by law, where necessary. I really believe that ABS will be-come standard equipment on high-end pedelecs".

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Contact for press enquiries:
Robert Bosch GmbH
Tamara Winograd
Director Marketing and Communications Bosch eBike Systems
Phone +49 (0)7121 35-394 64

About Bosch eBike Systems

A new generation of bikes is taking town and country by storm and is already a part of everyday life. eBikes are a modern means of transport for modern people: people in a hurry and people who prefer to take it easy, the fit and the comfort lovers, commuters and pleasure cyclists and, of course, young and old. The tailwind of technology-leading eBikes made by what are already more than 70 leading brands in Europe is powered by components that Bosch is developing to perfection. The Bosch portfolio ranges from the highly efficient drive unit (motor and gearbox) and high-quality batteries to a smart on-board and cycle computer that can be used intuitively. Perfect coordination of components holds the key to typical Bosch performance in terms of both comfort and efficiency.
Like other Bosch products, the eBike systems benefit from the Bosch Group’s technology and production know-how. From conception and engineering to manufacturing, marketing and after-sales service, Bosch eBike Systems constantly set new standards for the eBike industry. The Bosch Group’s experience in the areas of electric motors, sensor technology, displays and lithium-ion batteries ensures that Bosch eBike systems use technology that is invented for life and that eBike users have their fun.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

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