New electric bike mid-drive motor with built-in automatic transmission ready for production

by Micah Toll

And now that drive unit is ready for production. It will soon be available on several e-bike models thanks to partnerships with over a dozen electric bicycle companies. Fourteen, to be exact.

That’s the number of companies that have signed on to incorporate Valeo’s new e-bike drive into upcoming electric bicycle models.

Together, their technology combined to incorporate a seven-speed automatic transmission directly into the mid-drive motor, creating a single power and transmission unit.

The resulting powertrain can be incorporated directly into OEM e-bikes similarly to typical mid-drive motors like those from Bosch or Brose.

Its seven gear ratios are designed to operate on a 48V system, and Valeo offers a downtube-mounted battery as part of the complete powertrain package.