The Future of Electric Bicycles
The popularity of electric vehicles is not limited to four wheels, but has also embraced two. E-bike sales have been growing rapidly in recent years. But what will be the future?
Riding a bicycle in Europe is very common in many urban areas, especially in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam-Hague, and Berlin. In recent years, more than half of all adult bikes sold in the Netherlands were electric. It is not surprising that e-bike adoption is increasing, especially as infrastructure is developed to support cycling, and more people are willing to commute to work by bike.
Germany currently dominates the European e-bike market. In 2018, e-bike sales in Germany rose by 36 percent, to nearly 1 million units. In 2019, 38% of the European e-bike market share was held by Germany, followed by the Netherlands and France – with each country capturing more than 11% of market share.
By 2050, approximately 2.5 billion more people are expected to live in urban areas. Without a more effective mode of transportation, cities risk a higher level of emissions and lower urban air quality. E-bikes have made it easier to move around in urban areas – they are faster, safer, and more convenient. It could just be the solution to urban traffic jams and air pollution.
During the COVID-19 epidemic some predicted a slump in e-bike demand due to all the commuting restrictions. In reality, consumers have never been more health-conscious, and more and more people are opting for this personal mode of transportation. So, on the contrary, demand for e-bikes continues to increase.
What could this mean for businesses?
E-bikes sales growth is not only coming from the B2C segment, but also the B2B segment. The adoption of e-bike goes beyond individual daily transportation needs or recreational and adventure activities. The B2B segment, such as logistics and e-bike rental services will be the drivers for e-bike sales in the future. For instance, cargo e-bike have a promising outlook for urban deliveries.
Bike manufacturers should be ready to grab the momentum of the e-bike and meet consumer demand to stay ahead in the market.
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