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Bosch brings the eBike experience to Sacramento for Bicycle Advocacy Day

European eBike leader co-sponsors California Bicycle Coalition event, hosting test rides and educating legislators on the value of electric cycling for encouraging a new generation of cyclists
IRVINE, Calif. – Bosch eBike Systems (www.bosch-ebike.us) continues to lend support for an innovative, cycle-centric commuting frontier by giving California state legislators, staff members, and the general public an opportunity to experience the power of eBiking firsthand.

On April 29th, the California Bicycle Coalition (www.calbike.org) celebrated its annual Bicycle Advocacy Data in preparation for National Bike Month (May) by hosting the Electric Bicycle Pop-up Demo at the State Capitol’s traffic circle. Felt Electric and Haibike eBikes epowered by Bosch were among the eBikes available for participants to test ride on three routes to provide a real-world eBiking experience in a commuter’s context.

The California Bicycle Coalition had two goals for its Electric Bicycle Pop-up Demo that they succeeded in: First, the event helped the media, legislators and the public understand the great opportunity these bikes bring to introducing new cyclers to the joys and health benefits of regular riding. Second, representatives helped educate the public regarding Assembly Bill 1096, which “...clarifies the definition of electric motor-assisted bicycles (eBikes) and updates the regulations to treat certain low-speed electric bicycles more like regular bicycles, providing their users with the same health and access benefits that users of non-electric bicycles enjoy.”

As event co-sponsor, Bosch contributed its extensive eBike knowledge and lessons from its successes in Europe, educating legislators on how eBikes can be better integrated into the state’s alternative transportation planning and open new pathways for healthier communities. A fact sheet on Assembly Bill 1096 is available through the California Bicycle Coalition at the following link: www.calbike.org/e-bikes/

Bosch’s eBike System boosts a cyclist’s human power with electric power at speeds up to 20 mph. The key components of the system are the Drive Unit, PowerPack, and Intuvia display, which leverage state of the art Li-ion battery, motor, sensor, and electronics technology from Bosch’s Automotive and Power Tools businesses. The end-result is the cyclist feels they are being pushed up the road by a tailwind as they pedal − great for outdoor adventurists and urban commuters alike. Bosch strives to be a leader in establishing safe, flexible and consumer-friendly regulation for the California electric bicycle market that enables a new range of commuting possibilities for those desiring a greener, healthier transportation ecosystem.

About Bosch eBike Systems
Bosch eBike Systems provides a high-quality drive system for pedal-assist only eBikes. The Bosch eBike drive system consists of a drive unit (motor and transmission), a battery and a smart and intuitive cycle computer. In Europe, Bosch is already the market leader; more than 50 leading bicycle brands rely on the eBike system made by Bosch. In 2015, a selected customer base of eBike manufacturers (BH EasyMotion, Felt Bicycles, Grace, Haibike, KTM, Lapierre, and Xtracycle) will offer their eBikes e-powered by Bosch in the U.S. market. Bosch eBike Systems is a part of the international Bosch Group. Additional information is available online at www.bosch-eBike.com.

About Bosch
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse

*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.



Bicycle Advocacy Day 2015 - June 2015

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