Two months after its initial announcement, Folding electric bicycle manufacturer Electric Bike has announced that it will build a new electric bike factory in southern Germany.
The company will build its new factory at the Ruhr University of Technology (RUT) in the western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Electric Bike will employ about 150 people, and its chief executive, Jens Böhmer, will be based in the RUT campus, according to the company.
Böhamer said in a press release that the new factory would enable it to “re-establish production and sales to a level not seen in the past two years”.
Electric Bike currently makes electric bikes with a battery pack that can hold two or three riders.
However, the company has said that it intends to add more batteries and will start manufacturing new models in 2018.
Boden said in the press release:”This is a great step forward for the company, the community and the bicycle industry.
We are very pleased to welcome the Rühren factory and the people who will be working there.”
Bodens group, which includes other brands such as Skåne, Bora, and Lutens, will continue to operate the factory in the southern state.
Bosch said it would be able to manufacture its own battery pack for the new electric bikes, but it would not supply the company with batteries.
Boris Stömer, CEO of Bosch’s Rühr facility, said that electric bike production will continue at the company’s other Rühn facility in the town of Emsberg.
The Rühl factory is expected to produce approximately 10,000 electric bikes annually, according the company website.
The new factory will produce about 20,000 batteries per year, and will be able “to produce a new battery pack in 2018”, Bodens group said.
Electric bike production has been a contentious issue in Germany for some time, with many local municipalities and cities banning electric bikes.
However, the new facility will be one of the few places in the country where the bikes will still be made in a factory.
The announcement of the new plant comes after the Röhl factory was criticised for producing low-priced electric bikes in Germany last year, prompting the country’s transport ministry to launch an investigation into the matter.