Privately owned Robert Bosch GmbH — the largest automotive component supplier in the world — sees the winds of change and has started an eBike subsidiary: Bosch Powertain Systems eBike.
Bosch has been working to develop a “Drive Unit,” an all-in-one package comprised of a 250 watt electric motor, control unit, sensors and battery pack. They recently announced a partnership with Cannondale to develop high performance drive systems for electric bicycles.
In their press release, Bosch notes their long experience in automotive engineering designing electronic control systems, which are, frankly, much beyond most bicycle electronics I’ve seen.
Nudge: Slow Roll to Maker Faire this weekend!