Electric Bicycles and Electric Motorcycles, and Electric Scooters have been a mainstay in Europe and Asia for years. In China, there are more E-bike on the road then there are cars. In fact, it is estimated that of the 29.3 million E-Bicycles that were purchased last year, around 90 percent of those purchases were made by Chinese consumers. Europeans are quickly catching up on this trend. In Germany alone, about 380,000 Electric Bikes were sold, while the Dutch took home about 175,000.
Unfortunately, the United States is lagging behind in E-bike, Electric Motorcycle and E-Scooter sales. While the sale of Electric Bikes outcompetes the sale of Electric Cars by a significant amount globally, Americans have traditionally purchased as many Electric Cars as they have E-bikes. However, all that is about to change. According to a new report issued by Navigant Research, "sales of e-motorcycles and e-scooters in North America will grow from a little more than 4,000 in 2012 to more than 36,000 in 2018."
Dave Hurst, principal research analyst with Navigant Research, states that the American market is still in it's infancy. However, he suggests that as manufacturers improve their product's features, for instance, providing higher speeds for E-Motorcycles and longer range for E-bikes and E-Scooters, the market should experience a "compound annual growth rate of greater than 50 percent through 2018.”
Considering the huge popularity E-bikes and Electric Motorcycles have had over seas, why haven't Americans caught on to this trend earlier? The answer may lie with infrastructure. Many American cities have a history of not being Bicycle and Scooter friendly. Until recently, most American owners of these electric vehicles have used them for recreation, while they are commonly used as commuting vehicles in Asia and Europe. However, this should soon become a thing of the past. The League of American Bicyclists, has estimated that bike commuting increased 47 percent nationwide in little over a decade.
Cities the League deemed bicycle friendly increased by 80 %. Cities all over America, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington have been attempting to build bike lanes similar to those found in Europe. This is all in the hopes of making cycling and scooting appear safer and more appealing.
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