Accell Group's North American subsidiary has announced that it will open an Electric Bicycle Competence Center (EBCC-NA), on April 30. It will be located at Simi Valley, California, in a facility of Currie Technologies, a company acquired by Accell in 2012 that pioneered e-bikes in the U.S. The new center will operate as a brand-new division of the group and will be led by Larry Pizzi, president of Currie Tech. EBCC-NA will provide support programs and services to dealers for a range of Raleigh, Lapierre and Diamondback e-bikes. Services will include e-bike design engineering, software development and reliability testing. In addition, EBCC-NA will offer dealers support for e-bike selling systems, technical training, after-sale service and repair, spare parts distribution and lithium battery pack testing and services. Web-based and call-center support for dealers and consumers will be launched this summer.