FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – Poor spring weather and a catastrophic e-bike test by a national tourist association with about 40 million members, is not stopping the rise in popularity of electric bicycles in Germany. For this year another double digit sales growth is forecasted.
At last week's Eurobike the German industry association ZIV announced that for the whole of 2013 a 13% sales growth is expected. This will add up to total sales of 430,000 e-bikes. And that will not be all. For German sales a similar development is expected as in Holland, where e-bikes currently take up 15% of the total annual bike sales. This, in German figures, would mean sales of no less than 600,000 e-bikes! Estimates further indicate that the market share of speed pedelecs will eventually take up about 10% of the total e-bike sales.
Many types of speed pedelecs
In anticipation of that market share many types of speed pedelecs were on display at Eurobike. They were there as full suspension e-MTBs, as e-Trekking bikes and even as e-Racers like the Haibike's XDuro Superrace, the "Porsche 911 among e-bikes," according to the German manufacturer!
Eurobike also clearly indicated that the offering in drive units for electric bicycles is growing fast. Like the one from Continental; see the separate article on ContiTech.