UK E-bike Independent Pioneers Adapt to Survive

LEICESTER, UK – Early in 2019 a pioneer of the UK e-bike industry, retailer 50 Cycles, closed their doors, blaming a previous string of motor failures. 50cycles Limited has regrouped as 50cycles Distribution Limited to continue with BH distributorship.
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E-Bike Craze Continues Unabated in Holland

AMERSFOORT, the Netherlands – Is it the weather, or the economy, or just the plain truth that e-bikes are like iPhone: everybody wants one? Fact is that after the January to September selling-season for bicycles the results show that interest – and with that sales – of e-bikes remained unrelentless huge. In Holland that is; the country where the e-bike craze started and where electric bicycles have taken over the bike market (almost) completely.
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Revolution in E-Bike Torque Sensor Technology Arriving?

UNTERENSINGEN, Germany – The company is a leading international supplier of high-quality sensors and monitoring instruments for ships, trains, large engines, water treatment and gas density monitoring. At last month Eurobike this company – Trafag GmbH – presented itself for the first time and gauged the interest in its Magnetic Sense sensor technology. A technology that at first glance can mean a revolution for what is now widely used within electric bicycles.
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German Industry Association Explains Oddity in Data on Country’s E-Bike Sales

BAD SODEN, Germany – Was it due to the coming into force of the anti-dumping tariffs on the import of e-bikes from China mid-January 2019, that supply shortages are hampering e-bike sales in Germany? At least, that was our conclusion after seeing the latest data of Germany’s industry association, ZIV. Bike Europe deduced that it showed an oddity in the sales forecast for the whole of 2019. The German association explains now what’s happening on Europe’s biggest e-bike market.
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Interest in Electric Bicycles Remains Enormous in EU’s biggest E-Bike Market

AMERSFOORT, the Netherlands – In fact, it would be logical to see the first signs of saturation in the Netherlands, which has been Europe’s (relatively speaking) fastest growing and largest e-bike market for years. However, this is not the case, as the sales data of more than 300 dealers covering the first eight months of 2019 shows. Turnover-wise their sales of city e-bikes grew by close to 36 percent during the named period.
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Are Supply Shortages Hitting on Europe’s Biggest E-Bike Market?

BAD SODEN, Germany – With the coming into force of the anti-dumping tariffs on the import of e-bikes from China mid-January 2019, that import has fallen to a negligible number. Of course, other countries have jumped into this gap, like Taiwan. But this cannot fill the supply gap that comes with the greatly reduced supply from China. The consequences of this now become apparent from the latest data of Germany’s industry association. It raises the question if supply shortages are hitting on Europe’s biggest e-bike market.
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Eurostat Import Figures Confirm: China Effectively Banned from EU’s E-Bike Market

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Eurostat import figures for the first half of 2019 clearly point out the effectiveness of the by mid-January 2019 instigated anti-dumping measures on e-bikes imported from China. They prove that the People’s Republic is now more or less banned from the e-bike market of the EU. What rose to a total import of some 800,000 e-bikes in (whole year) 2018, is just a little left over during the first half of this year.
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Costly InTube Systems Dominate E-Bike Offering at Eurobike

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – 1.3 million euro costs the license for an InTube battery system, according to sources. At least that’s said about the one Bosch is selling for its frame-integrated batteries that come with its drive-units and other components. This license derives from the InTube battery patent that is now owned jointly by Accell and Bosch. It presents the leading drive systems maker the right to exclusively sell the license. This and other patented InTube systems are dominating the e-bike offering at the 28th Eurobike that started yesterday.
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E-Bike Sales Skyrockets Across Europe

DOETINCHEM, the Netherlands – The hot and rain-free super summer of 2018 made e-bike sales skyrocket across Europe. Here’s an overview of what happened in most markets. Starting in the North shows that the markets of Sweden, Denmark and Finland are growing to maturity. Sweden even ranks now among the largest e-bike markets of Europe.
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Gates Expands E-Bike Range and Pushes into E-Scooter Market

DENVER, USA – Twelve years after launching Gates Carbon Drive for the bicycle market, Gates is building upon its success unchaining bikes to bring advanced drivetrain solutions to electric motorcycles or e-scooters and the wider marketplace of light electric vehicles (LEVs).
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Rehau’s E-Bike Body Project Goes Consumer-Direct

BAYREUTH, Germany – The car parts manufacturer started its e-bike project already in 2013, which two years later led to the introduction at Eurobike. Over the past years, Rehau, the billion-dollar polymer specialist that is behind the development of advanced composite body’s for e-bikes, has drastically adjusted its business model. Instead of producing and selling these body’s to e-bike OEMs, Rehau now opts for the direct sale to consumers of complete electric bikes under the Nuvelos brand name.
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Bosch eBike Systems and Magura Join Forces for Servicing e-Bikes

REUTLINGEN, Germany – Bosch eBike Systems and Magura announce a closer cooperation in service and replacement parts distribution. Bosch eBike Systems is taking a 50 percent stake in Magura Bike Parts, a subsidiary of Magura. The new joint venture will operate under the name Magura Bosch Parts & Services GmbH & Co. KG.
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Method Discovered for Improving Fire Safety E-Bike Batteries

CHICAGO, USA – Researchers of the Chicago College of Engineering (University of Illinois) have discovered a method which greatly improves the fire safety of Lithium-Ion batteries. This is good news for all sectors of the e-mobility industry, where fire safety is a major concern. As even Tesla is reportedly experimenting with this new method implementation chances increase.
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Italy’s E-Bike Sales Make Big Step Forward

MILAN, Italy – In line with the 2018 market statistics in other EU countries, also the Confindustria ANCMA, Italy’s National Association of Cycle, Motorcycle and Accessories Industry reported a double digit sales hike in e-bikes. Also the production of e-bikes increased substantially.
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Halfords UK Expects Huge Increase in E-Bike Sales

REDDITCH, UK – Based on company data, population, car registration figures and the latest market statistics, Halfords UK expects that some 1.5 million e-bikes will be sold by 2050 in Great Britain. This outlook was published in a blog last week by Halfords.
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