Press release #eBike Systems

Powerful drive for transporting heavy loads

Bosch eBike Systems presents the new Cargo Line

  • Powerful drive system optimised for cargo bikes
  • Two variants: Drive Unit Cargo (25 km/h) and Cargo Speed (45 km/h)
  • eCargobikes continue to drive the transport of goods in the city
Tamara Winograd

Tamara Winograd >

Stuttgart/Reutlingen – The ideal solution for parcel and food deliveries, but also for the everyday trips to the supermarket or kindergarten: cargo bikes with electric support are becoming an increasingly common sight on the roads and are already replacing numerous delivery vans and cars. Bosch eBike Systems is presenting a new product line for the 2020 model year that has been specially developed for cargo bikes. The Cargo Line makes transport easy and comfortable, as the powerful motor enables controlled acceleration with or without loads. The drive is available in two versions: with support up to 25 km/h or as Cargo Line Speed for S-pedelecs up to 45 km/h. This also offers families the chance to get out and about in the fresh air, carrying shopping and children in a flexible and environmentally friendly way. Mail and parcel services can also deliver packages to their destinations quickly and efficiently.

Powerful support for cargo transport

The new Cargo Line (25 km/h) from Bosch is specially designed for eCargo bikes with a permissible total weight of up to 250 kilograms. With a maximum torque of up to 75 Newton metres (Nm) and up to 400 percent support, this powerful drive makes it easy to carry loads. Even at low cadences it delivers full power, something especially noticeable when starting off at traffic lights or on steep climbs. The drive unit always adjusts its support to the load. The precise motor control in combination with the multi-sensor concept not only ensures perfect interaction between the rider and the eBike, but also ensures a safe riding sensation: For optimum support, torque, speed and acceleration are precisely determined in every situation, and the cargo bike can also handle acceleration in a controlled way on bends or uneven roads. The drive unit is also characterised by a compact and lightweight design; thanks to its magnesium housing, it weighs just 2.9 kilograms. The Cargo Line ensures a comfortable riding sensation, so that eCargo bikers are ready for the challenges of everyday life.

Get there faster with the Cargo Line Speed

The Cargo Line Speed is particularly suitable for longer distances, whether for transport in everyday life or for use in a delivery bike that needs to cover long distances every day across the city. The motor offers effective acceleration even when carrying heavy cargo and can reach speeds of up to 45 km/h. Riders will reach their destination quickly and comfortably with their cargo on board. The riding sensation is always under control, even on uphill climbs. Another positive point for long-distance use: the drive always operates extremely efficiently, offering long ranges with every charge. In combination with DualBattery 1250, cargo bike riders can go even further: connecting two PowerTubes 625 delivers up to 1,250 watt-hours of energy. This makes the Cargo Line Speed the ideal solution for urban deliveries and a low-noise, sustainable alternative for that crucial "last mile".

Cargo bikes are conquering the city

"eCargo bikes are becoming an increasingly common sight on city streets. The areas of use in both the private and commercial sectors are enormous. By providing a specially designed drive, we aim to further promote this positive development, helping to relieve road traffic and protect the environment," explains Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems. Various studies and pilot projects also confirm the potential of this means of transport. Someone traveling 20 kilometres a day in city traffic on a cargo bike instead of a small car will save around 800 kilograms of CO₂ a year, according to calculations by the VCD mobility pressure group. A study by the Polytechnic University of Milan confirms that three eCargo bikes could replace a delivery van for the daily transport of goods in town and city centres. In other words, cargo bikes offer many advantages as a transport solution in the city – they are practical, space-saving and enable fast, clean mobility.

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 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales of 71.5 billion euros in 2020. 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 some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 129 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 34,000 are software engineers.

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