Continental Presents First Automatic 48-Volt Drive for E-Bikes


Hanover, Germany - Technology company Continental has announced the expansion of its portfolio with the addition of a new 48-volt electric drive with automatic transmission for e-bikes. The company claims the drive system is the first of its kind in the world.


In the development of its components, systems and solutions, Continental has drawn on the technological expertise of its drive developers. At the end of 2016, it commenced volume production of the first 48-volt hybrid drive for Renault’s Scénic and Grand Scénic models and now also applies this expertise from the automotive industry to the production of its e-bike products. Continental is now set to unveil its latest innovative motor for e-bikes to the general public at Eurobike 2017 (Hall A6, stand 304) in Friedrichshafen, Germany, at the end of August.

“We combine the many years of technical expertise of our transmission and drive specialists with our specialist knowledge of bicycles. The result is a world first. Our new e-bike system combines the first industrially manufactured 48-V drive with intelligent, fully automatic and continuously variable transmission. With this innovative step, we can respond optimally to the needs of our customers," explains Jörg Malcherek, responsible for marketing e-bike systems at Continental.

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, last year, Continental generated sales of €40.5 billion and currently employs more than 227,000 people in 56 countries.