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Press Release 200313
ExtraEnergy Pedelec Prototype & Drive Unit Comparison Test
27th April to 6th May 2020 at ExtraEnergy headquarters in Tanna, Germany
Reference: Alber, Bafang, Bosch, Brose, Mando, Marquardt, Panasonic, Schaeffler, Yamaha
Including: Raising awareness of innovative drives at Eurobike
The bicycle has existed for 203 years, the electric bike for around 130 years, and ExtraEnergy.org for 28 years.
ExtraEnergy has now been testing electric bikes for 28 years. 28 eventful years in which much has changed. And in the next 28 years, there are even more developments to come.
ExtraEnergy has undoubtedly made a significant contribution to the growth of the world’s electric bike fleet, estimated to have grown from around 5,000 in 1992 to around 310 million in 2020.
During this time, companies such as Alber, Bosch, Brose, Marquardt and Mando tested their developments as early prototypes at ExtraEnergy and thus found the performance of their drives in relation to competitive models.
It was particularly appreciated that software and hardware updates could be carried out during the test phase and that the impact of the changes was immediately measurable.
These results from the direct feedback from the test persons and the valid measurements, which make the subjective feeling when driving calculable in numbers, have helped many manufacturers to implement decisive improvements to their drives before these models entered the market. This significantly increased their chances in the market.
1.6 billion electric bikes by 2042
So where will this journey take us? How many will there be in 2042?
ExtraEnergy estimates: A worldwide electric bicycle fleet of 1.2 billion - provided that there are further significant technological developments.
The digitalisation offers huge potential, not just for the creation of new hire bike business models but also for pedelecs in private ownership.
ExtraEnergy is convinced that this digital ecosystem will in just a few years become a critical element for the usability of pedelecs, and key to purchase decisions.
How does the cycling world work?
Most of the cycle industry still lack a real vision of the opportunities provided by the pedelec. Over the past 28 years ExtraEnergy has encouraged many of the players now in this market to enter it.
So, for example, when in 1995 Yamaha and Honda, and in 1996 Panasonic Cycle Tech first exhibited a pedelec at a European cycle show, where was that? On the ExtraEnergy stand. In 1999 ExtraEnergy convinced BionX to take the European market seriously, and later we introduced them to Magna, leading to Magma taking over BionX.
ExtraEnergy also supported Deutsche Post AG (the German postal service) in electrifying their fleet, and also brought BMZ into this collaboration. ExtraEnergy has also supported LG Chem, Degussa (now EVONIC) and Phylion with information that led these companies to undertake further developments in the lithium battery sector.
Between 2004 and 2008, ExtraEnergy supported Bosch in their decision to enter the pedelec marketplace as a technology company – no easy matter. This project was repeatedly buried, only to be put back on the table again and again by employees convinced by the concept.
ExtraEnergy’s role was as a third party, bringing forward facts about the market and technology, and presenting a market model which, although nobody at Bosch believed it at the time, turned out to be quite accurate. Because they did not take the quantities predicted seriously and prepare accordingly this led to supply problems.
ExtraEnergy has also helped Brose, Alber and Marquardt with extensive market intelligence, accelerating their internal decision-making.
Currently there is a slew of major and also small start-up companies who are engaging closely with this subject, and who will bring a new dynamism to the market with their technologies.
Next ExtraEnergy Test starts on 27th April 2020
From 27th April to 6th May 2020, ExtraEnergy invites electric bike and drive unit manufacturers to join the pedelec prototype and drive unit comparison test in Tanna, Germany.
For vehicle and drive unit manufacturers, ExtraEnergy offers comparative measurements with a reference value table for current comparable products.
For drive unit manufacturers, ExtraEnergy offers as an inclusive service to exhibit their drives at Eurobike 2020.
ExtraEnergy also offers the opportunity to have the test results published in the Eurobike Show Daily 2020.
Both inclusive services offer a unique opportunity to sensitize the market for their new and innovative drive systems and to encourage potential customers to incorporate innovations into their series products.
Early bird discount
Manufacturers can now take advantage of the early bird discount if they register by 17th March 2020.
The booking form with all ExtraEnergy 2020 and 2021 services is available for download at the following link:
ExtraEnergy has carried out independent e-bike and pedelec tests since 1992. Since then the organisation has established itself as the most influential information, user protection and promotional organisation for light electric vehicles (LEVs) worldwide.
The founders realised from the start that these vehicles need to be experienced first-hand. Since 1997 the Test IT Track has been on the road, and today has three units for the Test IT Show. ExtraEnergy is also rooted at its test facility in Tanna, where 28 years of test reports and LEV history are on display at the LEV Museum.
Other services on offer include presentations and exhibitions at trade and public shows, plus information distribution with the assistance of correspondents worldwide.
Alongside our physical presence, www.extraenergy.org provides a treasure-house of information online. With support from the European Union and the IEA (International Energy Agency), in 2012 the Go Pedelec! Handbook was published in German, English, Dutch, Hungarian, Czech, Italian, Spanish and Chinese, including much new information and best practice studies for electric-assist two-wheelers.
As founding members of the EnergyBus and BATSO (Battery Safety Organisation) associations, ExtraEnergy is also active on both the ISO (International Standards Organisation) Standards Committee, with a focus on mechanical standardisation, and on the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), and so helps set safety and communication standards for LEVs worldwide.
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