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Bosch eBike Systems presents its eBike Design Vision

  • Concept Bike to mark the 10th anniversary of the Bosch drive system
  • Design integration of the Bosch components
  • Impetus for the eBike of the future

Stuttgart/Reutlingen – In 2010, Bosch eBike Systems presented its first drive system for eBikes. Both the market and the eBike design have developed rapidly over the past 10 years: from the step-through model to the mountain bike - virtually all bicycle types are available electrified these days. At the same time, the system components have become increasingly seamlessly integrated in the bicycle design. This development is far from over: With the eBike Design Vision, Bosch eBike Systems presents the integration of its components in a way that provides the impetus for the eBike design of the future.

Drive and battery incorporated in the frame

The Concept Bike is designed as an Urban Sports Cruiser - its carbon frame with fully integrated front and rear suspension offers maximum comfort for city adventures, commuter trips and off-road trails. The Bosch drive system merges with the frame and handlebar to form one unit in this design concept. The perfect integration of the Performance Line CX, the PowerTube 625, the new Nyon on-board computer and the Bosch eBike ABS make the eBike Design Vision a visual experience. The Performance Line CX is fully incorporated in the white carbon frame structure that surrounds it. Side cooling channels in the frame produce the necessary "cooling effect" for the powerful, dynamic drive while riding. The PowerTube 625 is integrated in the downtube and can be removed for charging. Sophisticated design aspects reduce the volume and give the Concept Bike a particularly dynamic look. For example, the battery cover tapers onto the drive unit, forming a single visual unit and reinforcing the clear edge between white and black areas.

Fully integrated cockpit

The carbon handlebar unit also has a clean, linear design. The new fully connected Nyon on-board computer is particularly nicely incorporated in the middle of the cockpit. Even the remote for the on-board computer and the two brake levers visually form a single unit with the black handlebar. The cables and hydraulic hoses of the brake system run inside the cockpit structure - so that nothing detracts from the design and the shape. The eBike Design Vision is also equipped with the Bosch eBike ABS. The ABS unit is hidden behind the front luggage rack and fits elegantly into the overall look. The front light - a permanent LED daytime riding light powered by the PowerTube 625 - is attached under the front luggage rack. The LED rear light integrated in the frame rounds off the Concept Bike and adds to its dynamic, futuristic look.

Further development of the eBike design

"Our aim in developing the eBike Design Vision is to show what is already possible today when it comes to functional design integration and investigate where the journey might take us in the future", says Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems. "Because eBikes are becoming more confident - even in terms of design." While the eBike was previously primarily about finding the optimum design for the individual components, the eBike of the future will focus on vehicle design. A specific eBike design language will develop that considers the eBike as a whole. This is an approach that the eBike Design Vision already adopts.
"The emphasis is on the joy of eBiking - and visual and design aspects play an important role here, as do optimum riding dynamics, whether on the road or on the trail", says Claus Fleischer. "It is important to us that our products should provide the perfect basis for manufacturers' future design concepts. That’s why we continue to develop our system, aiming for a natural, comfortable and connected eBike riding experience."

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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