As eBikes transform into a “lifestyle product,” smart aesthetics and attractive design play an increasingly important role. That’s why Bosch eBike Systems has introduced the PowerTube 500, a battery which can be integrated into the frame of the bicycle. The PowerTube 500 combines modern design with Bosch technology for eBikers who prefer a clean look.
Bosch‘s new eBike battery can be integrated into the frame of an eBike, invisible from the outside. This considerably widens the range of options available to bike designers, manufacturers and end consumers. The PowerTube 500 combines style and practicality, offering the power of an eBike with an aesthetic that more closely resembles a traditional bicycle.
“As eBikes become more popular in the United States and Canada, we’re finding the sleek, integrated design is becoming increasingly important. New eBikes with PowerTube will look and feel more advanced than ever before,” said Claudia Wasko, General Manager of Bosch eBike Systems Americas.
The PowerTube 500 can be built into different types of frames, and is therefore suitable for a wide range of models – from city bikes and roadsters to eMTBs. The battery can be removed from the top, bottom or side. A two-stage mechanism ensures safety and easy handling when the battery is being inserted or removed. When unlocked, the battery clicks out of the frame by less than an inch and can easily be handled. A safety device prevents the battery from falling out.
The battery is also protected by the frame. Alternatively, the PowerTube 500 can be charged directly on the bike. The recesses on the upper side can be used for a bottle holder or for design trims. The surface of the PowerTube 500 stands out with a high-grade anodized aluminum in black.
The integrated battery has a capacity of approximately 500-watt hours (Wh), and it measures just 13.7″ x 3.3″ x 2.6″ and weighs around 6.2 pounds. The PowerTube 500 has an impressive power density and is one of the lightest batteries currently on the market. The new lithium-ion battery is also available in combination with DualBattery. If it is installed horizontally by the manufacturer, the lower tube can be used for an additional frame battery or a bottle holder, for example.
The PowerTube 500 is compatible with all of Bosch eBike Systems’ product lines, and if you happen to be heading to the Sea Otter Classic in California later this week, Bosch will be there offering demo rides on the new technology.