Q. What was the strategy behind adapting the 48V motor to e-bikes? Is it a first for the segment?
A. One of our key strategic focuses is accelerating our expansion in the emerging markets for new “zero-emissions” mobility. This includes electric small city vehicles, electric motorcycles and scooters, last-mile autonomous delivery droids and e-bikes. To execute this, we are leveraging and adapting the technological platforms that we developed for the automotive industry – both, those dedicated to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and to lowvoltage electrification (48V). Thanks to our 48V technological platform, which enables us to electrify vehicles at an optimal cost, we can meet a broad range of needs and uses from a single technology base and therefore benefit from substantial volume effects and economies of scale. Our 48V technologies equip cars of course, but can also be used in autonomous shuttles, delivery droids, scooters, three-wheelers and now e-bikes.
Q. What is the e-bike market size by production volumes and sales?
A. The e-bike market is booming, with a 15-fold expansion expected over the next ten years, bringing global sales to Euro 270 million in 2030 as per a McKinsey/Center For Future Mobility -2020 study. With this innovation for e-bikes, Valeo once again demonstrates its role as a major player in e-mobility in all its forms; proposing a system that already meets the most demanding automotive standards in terms of quality, robustness, durability and safety. We are a world leader in vehicle electrification. Imagine that! One out of three new cars in the world are equipped with our electric machines! We have a unique capacity to produce electric systems on a large scale, with an estimated 30 million electric machines produced annually.
Q. How advanced is the electric assistance system?
A. Quite simply, it’s the most high-performance electric assistance technology on the market. Compared with the current systems, it’s 60 per cent more powerful! With a torque of 130 Nm, the driving assistance can multiply the pedal torque eight-fold, while other systems on the market offer up to a five-fold boost, allowing the cyclist to ride comfortably and effortlessly in every situation. Valeo’s electric motor is more efficient than the 24V or 36V motors installed on the vast majority of e-bikes available today. It can fit to all types of e-bikes: city bike, trekking bike, cargo bike.
Q. How did you achieve the integration of both the electric motor and the adaptive automatic transmission in the pedal assembly?
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