e-Bike Hub-mounted drive units will be built in India to supply the growing global market
IWATA, JAPAN – October 29, 2021- (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Hero Motors Limited —which owns Hero Cycles, India’s largest bicycle manufacturer—to establish a joint venture company for the manufacture of Hub-mounted drive units for electrically power-assisted bicycles (e-Bikes). The joint venture is scheduled to be established by the end of this November, with Yamaha Motor holding a 10% stake and Hero Motors holding the remaining 90%.
Today, Europe is the largest market for e-Bikes and about half of the market’s offerings use hub-mounted drive units that house the electric motor in the center of the drive wheel. As the global market for e-Bikes continues to grow, Yamaha expects the prominence of these hub-mounted drive units to rise accordingly and signed the agreement to establish this joint venture with that in mind.
Yamaha currently offers proprietary center-mount drive units, which are set in the middle of the bicycle chassis near the pedals. By adding the hub-mounted drive units manufactured through this joint venture to its portfolio, Yamaha looks to raise the overall strength and capabilities of its e-Bike business and thereby secure future business growth.
New Company Summary
|Company name||Currently undecided|
|Location||Ludhiana, Punjab, India|
|Established (planned)||End of November 2021|
|Capital (at the time of establishment)||220,000,000 Indian rupees (approx. 328 million yen)|
|Business||Manufacture of hub-mounted drive units for electrically power-assisted bicycles|
Source: Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.