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Jan. 30, 2014. Electric Bikes to Keep Dominating Light Electric Vehicle Sales

Original Article from PRweb...

London, UK (PRWEB) January 28, 2014

Electric Bikes to Keep Dominating Light Electric Vehicle Sales, According to New IDTechEx Report Published at MarketPublishers.com

New research report “Light Electric Vehicles, Mobility Vehicles, E-Motorcycles and Micro-EVs (Quadricycles) 2013-2023” worked out by IDTechEx Ltd has been recently published by Market Publishers Ltd. According to the study, ebikes are poised to be in high demand worldwide, with sales reaching nearly 130 million up to 2025.

The global light electric vehicles (LEV) sector is witnessing robust growth; actually, it is the most fastest-growing segment of the overall electric vehicles market. The highest growth rates are registered in China. Until recent years, ebike sales were concentrated in the EU, Japan and China. However, during the past few years almost every nation has bought the Chinese ebikes, and in certain cases in rather large volumes. Ebikes are and will remain the most popular LEVs, and their annual sales are poised to be estimated nearly 130 million up to 2025, enabling it to become the largest industry worldwide. Currently, throttle-controlled bikes are in high demand worldwide. A substantial part of ebikes sold annually belong to scooters.

Large large bicycle companies are expected to face fierce competition and even be pushed aside by motorcycle, car and auto parts making companies. Asian countries, particularly Taiwan, China, Japan and South Korea, are deemed to have huge growth potential owing to the presence of strong supply chains for nearly every LEV/LEV component in these geographies.

New research report “Light Electric Vehicles, Mobility Vehicles, E-Motorcycles and Micro-EVs (Quadricycles) 2013-2023” worked out by IDTechEx Ltd has been recently published by Market Publishers Ltd.

Report Details:

Title: Light Electric Vehicles, Mobility Vehicles, E-Motorcycles and Micro-EVs (Quadricycles) 2013-2023 
Published: January, 2014 
Pages: 206 
Price: US$ 3,495.00 
http://marketpublishers.com/report/electric_vehicles/light-electric-vehicles-mobility-vehicles-e-motorcycles-n-micro-evs-quadricycles-2013-2023.html

The topical research study delves deep into the world LEVs market, highlights its historical background and also describes the current scenario. It looks closely at the prevailing market trends, reviews the technological developments, covers burning industry issues as well as features the main factors having influence on the market growth. The report sheds light on the regulative framework, contains an insightful overview of more than 70 brands, presents comprehensive assessments of the key market segments, pinpoints the most promising future growth areas and outlines the top market opportunities and challenges. The study provides not only the current anв historical market values, but also offers an extensive future outlook for the world LEVs market through 2023 with detailed forecasts of unit prices, sales volume, market value, etc.

Report Scope: 

  •     Profound insights into the historical background and the current scenario of the world LEVs market.
  •     Summary of the prevailing trends and recent industry developments.
  •     Insightful review of the main market segments and valuable information on their performance.
  •     Review of the consumers’ requirement for LEVs (current and forecast).
  •     Close look at the regulative environment.
  •     Identification of the most compelling market segments.
  •     Snapshot of the existing LEV technologies.
  •     Extensive examination of the LEV market drivers and restraints.
  •     Overview of the key geographical markets.
  •     Thorough discussion of the burning industry issues.
  •     Future outlook for the global LEVs market in tandem with forecasting of market value, products prices, sales volumes, etc.

More new research reports by the publisher can be found at IDTechEx page.


Nov. 22, 2011. More Price Increases Expected for E-Bikes and E-Scooters

Original Article from Bike Europe...

By Edward Benjamin, Managing Director of eCycleElectric Consultants

SHANGHAI, China - The dramatic rise of costs for rare earth materials, specifically Neodymium (Nd, 60), has caught many e-bike motor makers and buyers by surprise, and is such a large increase that it affects the future of electric bikes, and other light electric vehicles.

Nd metal is about 35% of the content of a NdFeB magnet. These are very powerful permanent magnets and are one of the reasons that modern electric motors can have such high torque and efficiency. Today, a ton of Nd sells for more than $102,500 USD inside China, and can sell for more than twice that outside China, due to supply limitations. And those supply limitations have important implications for the world electric bicycle industry.

  • Electric bicycle motors made in China (which is most of them) now have a price increase of 15-30% just due to magnet costs.
  • Electric motors made outside China can experience materials price increases of 30-60% depending on the design and size of the magnets, if the maker can get enough magnets.

One of the issues affecting the bike industry is that a lot of magnets are used, but electric bikes and e-scooters are not the highest value products that uses such magnets. Nd magnetic materials are important to the electronics industry, and such a small percentage of their costs, that they can afford to pay a much higher price for Nd. This effectively runs up the price on Nd exported from China – a miserable situation for motor makers in Canada, USA, Germany, Holland, UK, Taiwan, Japan, and elsewhere.

But there is an interesting opportunity offered by the Chinese government. If a motor is made in China and exported as a motor – there is no export limit or quota. So many western motor makers have or are building plants and JVs in China to build their motors there. Since these are technological products, this involves a technology transfer to China that some companies resist, and others regard as unimportant – depending on their technology.

What are the effects for the world e-bike and e-scooter industry?

  • The price of e-bikes has gone up, and will go up again. E-bikes use a lot of materials that are in great and growing demand. This is not the first or the last price increase due to materials costs.
  • Many motor makers are moving to China.
  • There may be shortages of some motors in 2011 and 2012.
  • Other motor technologies, such as SRM (Switched Reluctance Motor) will become more and more interesting.
  • Motors using ceramic magnets instead of Nd magnets will be found on some models. (Probably less performance.)
  • Others sources of Nd are already resuming production and major investment is being made in mines and processing plants in USA, Australia, Malaysia and Canada.
  • It will take 10-15 years for those new sources to put price pressure on the Chinese – so the high prices are here to stay.

Electric vehicles will be the most visible place for Nd price increases to reach the public. But the high value and benefits of electric bicycles far exceeds the costs.

A comprehensive article (from Edward Benjamin, MD of eCycleElectric Consultants) on the rising costs for Nd metal, NdFeB magnets and the results of the export restrictions applied to Nd material and magnets by the Chinese central government, is in Bike Europe’s December edition.

Aug. 25, 2011. Free parking spots for electric scooters in Vancouver

Free parking spots for electric scooters in Vancouver
Original Article from Vancouver 24 Hours...

By STEPHANIE IP, 24 HOURS

City hall is pushing its two-wheel agenda further by implementing discounted and free parking for scooters and motorcycles.

In converting unused street space into metered parking, the triangle-shaped spaces are now designated for two-wheeled vehicles. They are free for electric scooters and half-price for motorbikes. New signage and paint will identify the spaces, along with newly-installed meters.

More than 150 spaces have been installed with another 50 planned.

“There are spaces all over the city like this where you can’t put a car,” said Carli Edwards, the city’s transport and parking manager, Thursday. She added the designated spaces would free up full-size car spaces from being occupied by smaller vehicles.

“We’re hoping that by making these spaces free for electric scooters, it will further Vancouver’s goal to be the greenest city.”

Electric scooters, however, can still park in a regular space with a 75 per cent discount using the pay-by-phone option. Motorcycles still pay full price for a regular spot.

Mopeds are allowed to park free at bicycle racks.

But not everyone was happy about how the project’s been handled.

Ian Tootill, who pitched the proposal to council, believes the city has put its green objectives at the forefront of the project instead of focusing more on accessible and safe parking.

“I think that the city is going to find this, economically, is not working for them and they’ll have to adjust their pricing,” he said, claiming Vancouver has spent more than necessary catering to vehicles that are viable for less than five months a year.

He wants the city to scrap charging altogether and offer free parking to scooters everywhere.

Prior to the designated parking, scooters and motorcycles parked free in the same spaces. Others, such as Tootill, parked their scooters in between cars that have paid for meters.

A Colliers report released earlier this year showed Vancouver had Canada’s fourth highest parking rates. The country’s median hourly rate is $4, while Vancouver’s median rate is $7, with a high of $9 and a low of $2.50.

Calgary, Toronto and Montreal ranked first, second and third respectively.

April 19, 2011. Volkswagen Unveils Electric Scooter

Original Article from motorcycles.com...
German automaker Volkswagen unveiled an electric scooter concept at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. Designed for the Chinese market, the Volkswagen E-Scooter was unveiled alongside the new 2012 Beetle. The E-Scooter follows the trend of Volkswagen’s German rivals BMW and Mercedes who also recently unveiled electric scooter prototypes under their respective Mini and Smart brands. The Volkswagen E-Scooter is powered by a 350-watt motor powered by a lithium ion battery.

The E-Scooter claims a range of 25 miles and a top speed of about 30 mph. According to Volkswagen, the E-Scooter weighs about 44 pounds without the battery.

Though Volkswagen hasn’t ruled out commercial sales of the E-Scooter, the company is exploring alternative business models. One idea includes a scooter rental system where riders can rent E-Scooters from solar powered charging hubs at key locations such as train stations, shopping malls and business parks.

April 18, 2011. 138 Million Electric Motorcycles and Scooters to be on the Road by 2017

Original Press Release from Pike Research...
As electric passenger cars become increasingly familiar to consumers around the world, electric motorcycles and scooters are also growing in popularity. E-motorcycles and e-scooters are already used in significant numbers in China and other parts of Asia Pacific, due in large part to urbanization trends, and people in many countries are accustomed to using two-wheel vehicles as a primary mode of transportation.

In other regions, improving customer perception, government incentives, and high petroleum fuel costs all contribute in some part to the demand growth for electric motorcycles and scooters. According to a new report from Pike Research, the number of e-motorcycles and e-scooters on the road will increase from 17 million in 2011 to 138 million by 2017.

“Electric motorcycles and scooters have strong appeal for many consumers,” says senior analyst Dave Hurst. “They are relatively low cost to own, do not take a lot of space, and are easy to maintain, therefore making them attractive for city dwellers. Governments also like these vehicles because they can utilize existing transportation and electricity infrastructure without the congestion problems and emissions impacts of conventional automobiles.”

Hurst adds that, fueled by those same market drivers, e-scooters will represent a much larger industry, outselling e-motorcycles by a factor of more than six to one on a global basis. However, he expects that the mix will be considerably different in certain regions, such as North America, where e-motorcycles will represent 59% of combined sales due to their higher speeds and longer range than e-scooters.

Pike Research’s analysis indicates that the growth in electric two-wheel vehicles will also have a meaningful impact on demand for batteries. The vehicles will utilize both lithium ion (Li-ion) and lead acid batteries. The firm forecasts that the market for Li-ion for e-motorcycles will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24% between 2011 and 2017, while Li-ion for the e-scooters market will increase at a CAGR of 19%. The lead acid battery market will grow, as well, particularly in emerging markets, with the e-motorcycle sector garnering a 27% CAGR and e-scooters a 29% CAGR for the same period.

Pike Research’s study, “Electric Motorcycles and Scooters”, provides a comprehensive examination of the market forces, technology issues, government incentives and regulations, and key drivers of the growth of e-motorcycles and e-scooters. The report includes e-motorcycle and e-scooter sales forecasts and battery technology forecasts through 2017, as well as profiles of key industry players. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website.

Mar 13, 2011. Peugeot Launches e-Vivacity

Original article from BIKE europe...

ST. TROPEZ, France – Peugeot is the first of the renowned scooter brands to launch an all-new electric scooter – the e-Vivacity. This took place with some fanfare, in fashionable St. Tropez on the Cote d’Azur in France last Thursday. But, it appeared that Peugeot has every reason to make a big fuss over its brand new e-scooter.

Fifteen years ago Peugeot was the first (and only) powered two-wheeler manufacturer with an electric scooter; Scoot’Elec was its name. But, it arrived too early. Only a few thousand were sold.

The e-Vivacity is also completely different when compared to its Scoot’Elec predecessor. The old nickel-cadmium batteries have been replaced by two modern 2 kWh lithium-ion units that jointly weigh 16 kg. The lithium-ion batteries offer the e-Vivacity a total range of 60 km at 45 km/h according to Peugeot. At the launch days in St. Tropez this claim proved to be true. One of the attending journalists rode e-Vivacity for as long as the batteries offered power and they lasted the promised 60 kilometers. Charging the two batteries with two chargers is possible in just 3 hours.

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Jan 13, 2011. ElectroVelocity - Vespa Rumoured To Announce Electric Scooter Q2 2011

Vespa is said to be on track to announce an all electric scooter in the second quarter of 2011 according to a source inside the Italian company. Vespa’s parent company Piaggio is currently building and selling a hybrid 3-wheeled scooter called the MP3 Hybrid which has seen limited success in Europe.

The decision by Vespa to produce an electric scooter is almost certainly a catch-up move after the announcements of both the Mini and Smart electric scooters in 2010. Vespa has reportedly been developing an electric model since late 2009 that will be based on the same platform as the LX 150 (pictured above) and will offer similar power output from a single rear hub mounted electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack.

The first model will be trialled in both Europe and the USA in limited numbers before being offered for sale in late 2012.

Original article from ElectroVelocity...

Nov 20, 2011. Greenopolis - BMW Unveils 3 Versions of Retro Electric Scooter



If you're a fan of electric scooters and you like the look of the Mini Cooper, then you may want to check out BMW's new retro plug-in scooter. The scooter, which is called the Mini Scooter E, comes in three different versions: a two-seater, a MOD and a “purist” single seater. Although each version looks quite different, they are all powered by an electric motor and can be charged in any wall socket.

Designed by senior VP Adrian van Hooydonk, the Mini Scooter E also features:
  • A lithium-ion battery
  • A Smartphone app that starts the car (no keys needed)
  • GPS software that points out other E-scooter riders in the area
  • A helmet that has an integrated headphone and microphone with embedded Bluetooth
All three designs are trendy and hip, and any urbanite would look good riding one. Which one do you prefer?

Although these scooters remind me of something that Austin Powers would drive, I think that they are all good-looking vehicles and would be great for the environment. The scooters are estimated to cost well over $6,000.

Original article by The Green Groove on greenopolis.com