The French company, Valeo with its Smart e-Bike system is the first solution in the world that integrates an electric motor and an adaptive automatic transmission in the pedal set.
But how do they work? What benefits does it offer?
The adaptive automatic transmission uses an algorithm to understand and instantly adapt to the needs of each person, taking into consideration their driving style. The gears change smoothly, without pressing buttons or levers similar to the advantages of cars in terms of automatic gearboxes.
With this new electric assistance system, the bike adapts to the rider and not the other way around. The gears change automatically and the algorithms of the system adapt instantly to the amount of electric assistance that the rider needs from the first pedal stroke.
Valeo’s technology developed in partnership with Effigear comprises a 48V electric motor, a torque of 130 Newton per meter that can also increase the rider’s effort by eight.
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Valeo’s electric assist allows a rider with a load of 150 kilograms to climb a 14% incline (the equivalent of a parking ramp) without much effort.
The Valeo Smart e-Bike system includes an anti-theft function built directly into the pedal assembly which, when activated, blocks use of the bike. It also features a pedestrian push assist feature, which is particularly useful when hauling heavy loads, and a push feature that makes it easy to pass other cyclists and climb hills.
With this technology, the French company reaffirms itself as the main player in electric mobility.
More about Valeo
Valeo is a supplier to the automotive sector, a partner of all manufacturers in the world that offers innovative systems and equipment for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions (57% of Valeo sales are based on components for sustainable mobility) and develops technologies for more intuitive handling such as the Smart e-Bike.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago