We like a mid motor here at ebiketips, so we're pleased to be able show you a new one. The VeloUP! is a new unit from Chinese company Tsinova, who have been producing their own e-bikes for a number of years. The new mid motor has been entirely developed in house.
It doesn't look a million miles removed from some of its competitors, but there's a limited number of ways of putting a motor and a drive axle in a box, so that's perhaps not surprising. Anyway, Tsinova are particularly keen to point out the accuracy of their torque sensor (accurate to 0.5%) and the fact that it's come from the hybrid automotive industry which they say is a first. It's IP66 rated for waterproofing and will work in a range of temperatures wider than you're likely need, unless you commute from Death Valley to the south pole on a regular basis.
"But how powerful is it?" is the question we always end up asking, so here's the answer. The VeloUP! motor will be available in standard pedelec (250W) and S-Pedelec (350W) builds. The Pedelec motor will put out 60Nm of torque – about the same as the Bosch Performance Line motor – and the 350W motor has 85Nm on tap, which is a lot. Anyway, they should both get you up whatever fearsome local hills you have without too much trouble.
Is the motor any good? Well, we don't know yet. Soon we're off to the Eurobike show where we're told there'll be a working sample, so we'll report back on that and some other new drive systems that we're not allowed to tell you about quite yet. Stay tuned!