Panasonic and Kent International Inc. have launched a new electric bicycle (eBike) designed to meet the changing lifestyles of the micro mobility market.
The eBike will be launched under two brands with three models. Under Kent International, the Univega USA and the Van Dessel brands will be powered by Panasonic batteries and motors. The Univega USA Touring eBike, the Van Dessel Gravel eBike and the Van Dessel Mountain eBike will be the first models to market.
The eBikes will be assembled in the U.S. and are geared toward users focused on recreation, fitness and commuting.
The Van Dessel brand has been adopted by bike enthusiasts, pro racers and Olympians. The GX0 motor system in the eBike weighs 2.95 kilograms (kg) with 90 Newton meters (Nm) of torque. The Univega USA brand has roots in Europe and is an entry brand for bike users. This eBike will also feature the X0 motor system and weighs 3.7 kg with 80 Nm of torque.
Panasonic said electric bicycles are the fastest-growing bike type with sales growing eightfold since 2014, according to a study from Deloitte. In 2017, the U.S. eBike market grew 25% from the previous year.
The company believes eBikes will help to meet the needs of smart cities with the integration of bike-to-infrastructure capability into traffic management systems. Panasonic is working with U.S. cities to help determine which technology developments best improve smart cities, with eBikes being one way to achieve environmental and mobility goals.
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