Bike Europe has reported on the numbers of electric bikes sold in the EU for 2013 with confident predictions of 800,000 for 2014. But this a small number compared with the 36 million electric bikes manufactured in China.
The largest EU market remains Germany where sales are expected to have increased from 410,000 in 2013 to 450,000 in 2014, with a high proportion manufactured in Germany. The figures for The Netherlands have increased by 9.4% to 192,000 and accounting for 45% of total sales value of the bicycle market. The next two largest markets are France and Italy with about 60,000 each.
Statistics for the UK remain a bit vague, but all agree that there was significant growth in 2014 to between 30,000 and 35,000, with very few manufactured in the UK.
The majority of the electric bikes manufactured in China are sold with lead acid batteries in the home market. But some companies specialise in export with the USA being one of their main markets. Virtually all the export bikes are fitted with Lithium Ion or Polymer batteries.
The 2014 Eurobike Show saw a much more widespread offering of electric mountain bikes and the prediction from the CEO of Bosh e-bikes that electric bikes in all their forms will eventually comprise 50% of the total bike market.