EU e-bike market to continue to grow in 2020

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Leva-EU, the European Light Electric Vehicle Association, expects sales of electric-assist bicycles in Germany to grow to 1.5 million units by 2020, with the overall EU market continuing to grow.
Electric Assist Bikes at the Dortmund Electric Bike Festival
Total sales in the EU are not yet finalized because the total sales of electric assisted bicycles in the rest of the EU are not yet known, but the total sales of electric assisted bicycles are likely to exceed 3 million. The largest share of these bikes was sold in Germany, where more than 1 million e-bikes were sold for the first time. It is likely to exceed the 1.5 million mark this year.
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In Germany, sales of electric mountain bikes rose by almost 47 percent to almost 360,000 units, while in Switzerland sales rose by more than 24 percent to 50,000 units. The results for other EU countries (e.g. Austria or France) are not yet known.
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As previously reported, the market for electric-assisted bicycles in Belgium is growing steadily. This is due to the fact that Belgium changed its traffic rules to take into account electric-assisted bicycles. As a result, the traffic rules for speed scooters are quite clear. In addition, electric-assisted bicycle commuters are compensated with tax exemptions of up to 0.24 euros per kilometer. Last year, 106 test drivers commuted on the S-Pedelec for three consecutive weeks as part of a field study. They covered an average of 21.6 kilometers per day. This could result in a tax-free surcharge of more than €1,300 per year.
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A total of 13,154 electric-assist bikes were sold in Belgium, an increase of 54.4% compared to 2018. The second and third markets, Germany and the Netherlands, are much smaller and more volatile.For the third time in a row, sales of European mopeds, including e-bikes, jumped from nearly 50 percent to nearly 60,000 units in 2019. By 2019, EU sales of speed bikes are estimated at about 25,000 units. This represents almost half of all electric-assisted vehicle sales. After all, sales of electric motorcycles more than doubled to 14,111 units in 2019. However, it remains a niche market, accounting for only 1.3 percent of total motorcycle registrations.

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