48 volt technology is making a big slash in the world of automobiles, where it is powering electric turbochargers that give 80% of the benefits of a hybrid powertrain at just 30% of the cost. Now Continental, one of the largest suppliers to the automotive industry, is leveraging its 48 volt experience to provide two new drive options for electric bicycle manufacturers.
At the annual EuroBike show in Germany, it unveiled its 48 Volt Revolution and 48 Volt Prime models. Both are designed to be mounted low in the chassis where the pedals are normally found. That’s the ideal location, as it keeps the weight of the motor close to the ground and avoids the potential flywheel effect sometimes associated with wheel hub motors.