Rehau’s injection moulded e-bike to hit the road in 2016

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  • Flexible production system with lot sizes of one
  • Frame can bear load of up to 280 kg
  • Made in Germany

Rehau has presented a world premiere at the EuroBike 2015: nam:e, an e-bike bicycle frame. In the development of the frame, the company draws on its years of experience as an automotive supplier. A special frame building technology facilitates the industrial production of e-bikes in high-wage country Germany.

Frame can bear load of up to 280 kg

The special feature is the design of the frame, which can bear a load of up to 280 kilograms. It is produced in a new process, and consists of innovative composite materials. With the design, which can be customised individually, Rehau hopes to reach a broad target audience.

Flexible production system with lot sizes of one

The e-bike body is manufactured using an injection molding process. The company states that the production system in allows for customization without the need for large series production.

At the EuroBike show, ideas are presented for how the E-BikeBody can be produced in all desired colours, with various surface structures, and equipped with extras co-ordinated to the design, for example such as a child seat or a fold-out bag. The smartphone can be networked with the components of the e-bike body and thus controlled with apps. Moreover, the owner can have an impact on the weight of the bicycle by deciding how many batteries will be required for the journey and connecting them via a plug & play system. Incidentally: The E-BikeBody is 100% recyclable.

nam:e has been created as part of a research project of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. Other development partners are bicycle manufacturer Storck Bicycle as well as the Institute for Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK) at Dresden Technical University.

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