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Continental partners with Kalkhoff on eBikes; 48V platform

Technology company Continental has teamed up with German bicycle manufacturer Kalkhoff to develop specially adapted system components and firmware for a customized drive solution.

The partnership between Continental and Kalkhoff results in new Kalkhoff eBikes that are based on several hardware and software optimizations for model year 2020.

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Kalkhoff’s new models feature Continental’s 48V platform with a range of customized and co-developed improvements such as a new 660 Wh integrated down tube battery (IDT) and an increased drive unit maximum torque of 75 N·m.

In addition to traditional support level options (1-4/Boost), Continental now provides new firmware that includes three new rider-definable driving modes—Range, Balance and Power—allowing users to customize the drive system’s performance depending on their riding needs. The result of the new development will be rounded off by the newly designed XT 2.0 Bluetooth display that can be paired with the free eBike app offering connectivity features such as navigation, weather information and topography-based range.

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