E-bikes growth market

Mobility in the metropolis

With an eye on the environmental impact in numerous Chinese cities, Bosch is concentrating its activities in China on low-emission vehicles in particular. One focal point is the further development of the electric drive. The company already offers electrical drive components for various vehicles, ranging from e-bikes and e-scooters to hybrid models and all-electric cars. The 400 million euros that Bosch spends in these areas each year continues to be an investment in the future.

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The example of Shanghai nonetheless indicates the potential of the e-market. More and more people here are switching to e-bikes or e-scooters with electric drives. In heavy urban traffic, they’re not just faster than cars or buses but also more cost-effective. The growing environmental awareness in smog-plagued cities is also contributing to the sales success of emission-free two-wheelers. Currently, there are an estimated 120 million e-bikes on China’s roads. The annual market volume for e-scooters is around 30 million units.

To become a part of this success story and assume a leading position on the Chinese e-scooter market in the future, Bosch has integrated its international development activities for electric scooters in a dedicated operating unit.

The unit was opened in April 2013 and is headquartered in Suzhou in eastern China. It aims to develop and market individual components and complete drive systems for e-scooters. Bosch has also been collaborating with Ningbo Polaris Technology, a Chinese supplier of e-scooter engines since 2011. The joint venture partners specialize in developing various engines for electric scooters for the market.