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A MESSAGE FROM GLEN NICHOLSON – OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO SELL OUR ITALIAN MADE E-BIKES IN THE USA

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

Thank you for landing on our site. Your interest in our ITALWIN and WAYEL brands of Electric Bicycles that are “Made in Italy” is greatly appreciated.

My name is Glen Nicholson, I am the USA Sales Agent for FIVE Srl. FIVE Srl is an Italian e-mobility company and is the parent company of our two Electric Bicycle brands.

We built a modern and green-friendly Net Zero Energy factory in Bologna, Italy 4 years ago. We first focused on building the best quality electric bikes that would be worthy enough to be sold among the finest Italian bike shops. We learned what the Italian bike shops wanted in an Electric-Assist bike and what they wanted in the way of technical and repair parts support by our company. We later expanded our distribution to the entire European Union with distributors and dealers in every country in Europe including England. We also have distributors in Australia, Brazil, and Canada.

Today, I am seeking for the first time, new dealers, distributors, and importers in the USA to join us in selling the Finest Italian Made E-Bikes.

Please contact me. I am based in the greater Los Angeles area. My cell number is 805-405-0247. I can be emailed at QSCC@AOL.COM.

Let’s do some business together and make it profitable and enjoyable at the same time.

I look forward to speaking with you about your ideas on how we can work together with this exciting business opportunity.

Sincerely,
Glen Nicholson
USA Sales Agent
FIVE Srl
Tel: 805-405-0247
Email: qscc@aol.com

FIVE is bringing to the North America market their e-bikes Made In Italy

Monday, June 21st, 2021

FIVE Srl is an Italian e-mobility company selling electric cars, e-scooters, e-bikes and is a manufacturer of e-bike battery packs in Bologna, Italy. They have become the largest electric bicycle manufacturer in Italy. Their mid-price range e-bikes are sold by a network of bike dealers throughout Europe. With distribution in Australia and South America. Today FIVE Srl is bringing to North America market their Italian design, “Made In Italy”, e-bikes to the consumers in America

Gary Fabris, the Export Manager of FIVE was asked these questions.

I see from your company profile that FIVE is a 100% Green company and is diversified with various green transportation technologies, what is the new thing happening at FIVE?

Gary: We built from the ground up a 100% Green e-bike factory. It is a “Zero Energy Building” (ZEB) meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is equal to the amount of renewable energy created at our factory site. We do this with solar energy to power the factory and to return the excess energy back to the electric grid to achieve Net Zero Carbon output. Our water-based painting lines not only reduce environmental pollution, we also recycle the heat generated in the paint drying rooms to heat the factory and the adjoining administrative offices during colder days.

It is unusual to find an Italian-made e-bike in the USA market that is made in Italy. What parts of the e-bike is produced in Italy?

Gary: In the early days we experimented with importing e-bikes made in China but we found the technology and the quality of the components was lacking and not up to European expectations. We could not find a manufacturer in China who could guarantee us almost zero defects. With quality in mind and building a better e-bike, 4 years ago in 2017, we built the FIVE e-bike factory in Bologna that now boasts a 70,000 square foot factory and warehouse building. It was a much larger manufacturing plant than what we needed at the time, but we are glad we did it in consideration of the recent boom in the e-bike industry. Today we are lucky to have plenty of manufacturing capacity to keep up with the recent surge of e-bikes in the world markets. We design our bike frames in Italy and then we custom paint them with environmentally safe water-based paints. We make all our battery packs with quality materials and use the best battery cells to increase the travel distance of the bike. We also put a lot of effort to find the perfect settings on our F90 center drive motors that is among the best in the industry for power, operations, and energy consumption.

What are you presently seeking to do in the North America market concerning the sales of your Italian made e-bikes?

Gary: Since we are the newcomer to the USA and Canada markets, our first step is to find importers in key metropolitan cities or regions. We want to give them a territory for a specific area that they can service with inventory and repair parts. We already have our first importer in the USA who is covering the Washington D.C. area which is a huge biking city. DC has bike lanes that goes up the center of the streets all the way up to Capitol building and around DC. We started distribution also in Western Canada with an importer located in Vancouver, a very e-bike friendly city. We are looking for bike stores or businesspeople who can import and distribute our bikes for their service area.

What should one do if they would like to sell the FIVE Italian e-bikes in the USA or Canada?

We have a strong support system for our distributors. Not only we support them with factory direct technical help, but we also have a USA Sales Agent who will help new distributors with shipping logistics, training, samples and promotional materials. We are seeking win-win cooperation with our importers and distributors. Another key point is we provide all our distributors with free spare parts with each shipment so that you can support your customers with their repair and bike servicing needs.

What makes the FIVE e-bikes better than the other e-bikes on the market?

Gary: The first thing is our obsession with quality. We want to make our e-bike better but at the same time keeping the e-bike at an affordable price to the consumer. It is important that the functions of the e-bike are in tune with long and short-distance biking. For example, we only use the best gearing components, braking systems, motors, and tires for a safe e-bike experience.

We welcome your inquiry to partner up with us to sell the best Italian-made e-bikes in the USA and Canada markets.

Please Contact: Glen Nicholson, USA Sales Agent for FIVE Srl at 805-405-0247 or QSCC@AOL.COM

Six questions for Gary Fabris about the Industry and FIVE Srl, Italy

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

FIVE Srl, the largest Italian electric bicycle and vehicle factory, is continuing its expansion plans following a period of development, a point to which the market is proving as equally receptive. Read this interview with Gary Fabris to learn more.

FIVE Srl – Italian Electric Vehicle Factory was born starting from a simple and winning intuition: to build a manufacturing plant 10 times larger than it needed, betting on the growth of the market, to anticipate and wait for it, not run after it. And so it was. We interview Gary Fabris, FIVE’s e-bike Sales Director, specializing in this field where he has been operating for 20 years. Gary is also the President of the Electric Vehicle Group of ANCMA (Italian two wheels industry association) a trade group of Italian bike and motorcycle manufacturers.

1. Will the past year, 2020, be remembered for COVID-19 or the E-Bike boom?

“In 2020, together with a rising trend of electric mobility in general and of the e-bike in particular sales were at the highest level we had ever experienced. The Covid-19 situation made many people rediscover the advantages of getting outdoors and riding on two wheels. E-Bikes are no longer seen only as an ecological and efficient vehicle, but also as a tool for social distancing. That is why many people got on the saddle. And when you get on the saddle and discover all the advantages of an e-bike, then you risk never getting off it again.”

2. What have you done to manage the strong market demand over the past 10 months?

“This was less complex than expected since it is the mission which FIVE was born for. The company was already equipped with the 70,000 square foot manufacturing space and machinery ready to serve a growing market. Obviously, this past year the boom caught us by surprise, but we were prepared with inventory; already having a large manufacturing plant, we quickly engaged a new labor force and we’ve remodeled ourselves internally.”

3. What do you expect for the 2021 year?

“Growth will continue and we are already prepared to support it. We have planned an increase in production of 60%. All the components have already been ordered some time ago, to avoid delays from our suppliers. Delays had been increasing worldwide.”

4. How important is exporting from Italy to the USA market and what is your vision of deployment?

“At the moment, exports around the world weigh only 20% of our company sales, which is what we wanted since the beginning. First, we established a firm footprint in the Italian market to become the leader as we focused to make our factory run well and meeting a Zero defect quality system that is ISO9001 certified. We then developed a network of independent distributors throughout Europe. Only now we have chosen to expand our business overseas. We just started talking to potential importers in the USA. We hope to find the right one because all our bikes are assembled by one man, for one bike with his name connected to the serial number. We are receiving many requests from both European and outside of the European Countries: but before granting distribution we want to be sure that the partner company understands our corporate ideas, which had allowed us to grow solidly over the years.”

 

Above: The Icon Trekking E-Bike with our strongest FIVE F90 48 volt 90 Nm torque center motor with a unique octagonal shaped tube frame. It has a Shimano Deore 10-speed gearbox, 100 mm front shock-absorbing forks, and hydraulic disc brakes. Available in Men’s Icon off-road Trekking, Urban Man, and Unisex versions.

5. Which of your products was most successful in 2020 and what do you expect to be the best in 2021?

“In general, our most powerful Icon Trekking urban and off-road bike is the best seller for the serious riders. Also, the new Fat Tire Folding models are among the top sellers of our 30 models of e-bikes that we produce.”

“Our number one folding bike is the K2 MAX. It is a sweet folding fat tire e-bike with 20″ x 4“ tires and a high torque 90Nm center motor It has caused quite a stir with adventurous riders. It has our strong FIVE F90 motor that easily handles the steepest terrains. Great to tackle challenging climbs off-road and on-road, with an incredibly good ride balance that bounces and pushes through rough terrains. It is super fun to ride.” “Much appreciated by a young and dynamic audience, K2 MAX impressed our younger consumers because of the awesomely aggressive ride it delivers. For 2021 we have had to triple the production of the K2 MAX and double the Icon Trekking to keep up with sales bookings.”

 

Above: K2 Max made entirely in Italy. It has a folding frame with 4” wide fat tires. A powerful central FIVE motor, hydraulic disc brakes, concealed battery case, and a front suspension fork. This is the ultimate in fun!

6. What distinguishes FIVE from other manufacturers?

“Since the beginning, we focused only on the electric elements of the e-bike. Unlike us, other companies in our field have differentiated production by including electric bikes among traditional bikes to follow the market trend. We began with e-bikes and we paid close attention to the electrical components on the bike which is its heart: the electrical system. Although FIVE is a young and flexible company, it has a consolidated experience. I entered this trade in early 2000 and since then, with experience, I have acquired a global vision of the e-bike market which, by the very first ride, seemed to me to be a brilliant means of transport (and fun).”

“At FIVE we carry out the full assembly of the e-bicycles. At the factory, we have a painting tunnel that is an eco-friendly water painting line, combined with our state-of-art, in-house, testing laboratory to test all aspects of the bikes. Since about two and half years ago, we also started a production line to produce all the battery packs on our bikes. All of these elements have set us apart from other producers in Europe and allows us to offer something special and spicy looking for the new e-bike buyer.”

 

 

Above:  The new PEARL of the Italian Urban Line focuses on elegance and technology.  A powerful FIVE F90 central motor that easily handles slopes of 30%, hydraulic disc brakes, and a front suspension fork makes this a solid but lightweight city and suburban commuter e-bike.