E-Scooters Next Growth Market for Accell Group
It is just a matter of time before the first Raleigh, Batavus, Winora, Ghost, Lapierre branded light electric scooters will make their entry on their markets. Such models are now on the R&D drawing boards of those Accell Group brands, said CEO René Takens (photo) in an interview with Bike Europe.
In this interview which is published in Bike Europe’s August issue that is reaching its readers throughout the world this week, the Accell Group CEO shows to be a strong believer in the success of this new category.
Sales boom expected
Bike Europe asked him: “Next to electric bicycles there’s another category of electric two-wheelers for which a sales boom is expected in the near future. It’s for the speed pedelec category, with vehicles that look more like scooters compared to bicycles. Do you share this expectation?”
A major success
René Takens answered: “Yes I do. You can already see the first light e-scooter models coming. We have them now on our R&D drawing boards. I really believe that such a vehicle could become a major success. However, such success also depends on what the car industry is up to; how successful models like the e-city car Twizzy from Renault will turn out to be. It depends on how cities will focus their infrastructure on such light e-scooters.”
Trek’s new show initiative
In this interview René Takens also shares his thoughts on issues like the current review of the anti-dumping on bicycles imported from China, or on Trek’s new show initiative and if such a stand alone show is something the Accell Group could adopt. As said, this interview is in Bike Europe’s August edition which has an extra circulation that is distributed at the upcoming Eurobike show.