Electric Bicycles

Throttle-Control and Pedal-Assist E-Bicycles, Batteries, and Motors: Global Market Opportunities, Barriers, Technology Issues, and Demand Forecasts

The global market for electric bicycles (e-bicycles) continues to expand with the advent of new technology developments and the increasing affordability and availability of product offerings. Numerous countries in Western Europe and Asia Pacific have developed mature markets due to strong commuter cultures that utilize e-bicycles for transportation purposes. Conversely, e-bicycles still represent an emerging market in North America, as they have largely been treated as a novel type of sporting equipment rather than a vehicle for transportation.

Innovative emerging trends in the e-bicycle market have helped position the industry for increased market growth. Among other trends, combined throttle-control and pedal-assist models, electric cargo bicycles (e-cargo bikes), all-in-one retrofit kits and wheels, 3D-printed bicycles, and the use of e-bicycles in police patrol and various security industries have all contributed to a growing market with strong potential. While China still leads the global e-bicycle market, Western Europe and, to a lesser extent, North America are beginning to increase their market share, largely in terms of e-bicycle revenue. According to Navigant Research, global annual sales of e-bicycles are expected to grow from nearly 32 million e-bicycles in 2014 to over 40 million in 2023 under a base scenario.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the global market for throttle-control and pedal-assist e-bicycles. The study provides a detailed analysis of the market forces, key drivers of growth, and technology associated with e-bicycles. Global market forecasts for annual e-bicycle unit sales and revenue, segmented by region, battery chemistry, and scenario (base and aggressive), extend through 2023. The report also examines government influence on the market for e-bicycles and provides profiles of key e-bicycle manufacturers and suppliers, as well as other market players.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What are the key regional trends shaping the market for electric bicycles (e-bicycles)?
  • Where are e-bicycles most popular and in what direction are current markets moving?
  • What are the differences in battery chemistries used in e-bicycles?
  • What types of motors are used in e-bicycles and why?
  • How much revenue will be generated by e-bicycles during the next 10 years?
  • How will government regulations influence the global e-bicycle market?
  • Who are the key suppliers and manufacturers in the e-bicycle market?
  • Who are the key battery manufacturers competing in the e-bicycle market?
Who needs this report?
  • Bicycle and component manufacturers
  • Electric bicycle (e-bicycle) retailers
  • Independent bicycle dealers
  • Electric motor manufacturers
  • Battery manufacturers
  • Automotive manufacturers
  • Government agencies and municipal planners
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1  Introduction

1.2  Market Trends and Issues

1.3  Market Forecasts

2. Market Issues      

2.1  Definition

2.1.1   Throttle-Control versus Pedal-Assist

2.2  Current Market Opportunities

2.2.1   E-Bicycles as Transportation in the United States

2.2.2   E-Bicycle Sharing

2.2.3   E-Bicycle Segments

   2.2.3.1  E-Cargo Bikes

   2.2.3.2  Retrofit Kits

   2.2.3.3  Fold-Up E-Bicycles

   2.2.3.4  Specialty Uses (Delivery, Police, and Security Fleets)

   2.2.3.5  3D-Printed Bicycles

2.2.4   Automotive Manufacturer Interest

2.2.5   Direct Manufacturer to Consumer Business Model

2.3  China’s E-Bicycle Market

2.3.1   Safety Issues

   2.3.1.1  Road Accidents

   2.3.1.2  Lead-Acid Battery Issues

2.4  Current Market Barriers

2.4.1   Dealer Network

2.4.2   Climate and Geography

2.4.3   Performance and Cost Issues

2.4.4   Shipping Li-ion Batteries

2.4.5   Consumer Awareness

2.5  Government Policies

2.5.1   International Cooperation

2.5.2   North America

2.5.3   EU

   2.5.3.1  EU E-Bicycle Tariffs

2.5.4   China

3. Technology Issues

3.1  Battery Technology

3.1.1   Li-ion

3.1.2   Lithium Polymer

3.1.3   NiMH

3.1.4   SLA

3.2  Battery Disposal

3.3  Electric Motors

3.3.1   Motor Location

4. Key Industry Players    

4.1  Introduction

4.2  Key Market OEMs

4.2.1   Currie Technologies

4.2.2   Derby Cycle AG

4.2.3   Jiangsu Xinri E-Vehicle Co., Ltd.

4.2.4   Luyuan Electric Vehicle

4.2.5   Panasonic Corp./Sanyo

4.2.6   Pedego Electric Bicycles

4.2.7   Prodeco Technologies

4.2.8   Stromer Bicycles

4.2.9   Yadea Technology Group Co., Ltd.

4.3  Industry Participants

4.3.1   Accell Group N.V.

4.3.2   BionX

4.3.3   Bosch eBike

4.3.4   Changzhou Hongdu E-Bicycle Co.

4.3.5   ContiTech Power Transmission Group, Subsidiary of Continental

4.3.6   Easy Motion Electric Bikes

4.3.7   eSocialBike/SITAEL S.p.A.

4.3.8   eZee Kinetics Technology Co. Ltd.

4.3.9   Fallbrook Technologies

4.3.10   Giant Bicycles

4.3.11   GRACE GmbH & Co. KG

4.3.12   Hero Eco

4.3.13   Light Electric Vehicle Association

4.3.14   OHM Cycles, Ltd.

4.3.15   Pi Mobility

4.3.16   Shimano

4.3.17   SRAM

4.3.18   Superpedestrian

4.3.19   Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

4.3.20   Yuba Bicycles

4.4  Battery Suppliers

4.4.1   AllCell Technologies

4.4.2   Chaowei Power

4.4.3   LG Chem

4.4.4   Lishen Battery Co.

4.4.5   Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.

4.4.6   Sinopoly Battery Ltd.

4.4.7   Tianneng Power International Ltd.

4.5  Other Industry Participants in Asia Pacific

5. Market Forecasts  

5.1  E-Bicycle Sales

5.1.1   North America and Latin America

5.1.2   Europe

5.1.3   Asia Pacific

   5.1.3.1  China

5.1.4   Middle East and Africa

5.2  E-Bicycle Sales by Battery Type

5.3  E-Bicycle Revenue

5.4  Conclusions and Recommendations

6. Company Directory
7. Acronym and Abbreviation List
8. Table of Contents
9. Table of Charts and Figures
10. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales by Region, Base Scenario, China and Rest of the World: 2014-2023
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales by Region and Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Commuting Patterns, United States: 2008-2012
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales by Region and Scenario, North America and Latin America: 2014-2023
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales by Region and Scenario, Western and Eastern Europe: 2014-2023
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales by Scenario, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales by Scenario, China: 2014-2023
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales by Region and Scenario, Middle East and Africa: 2014-2023
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales by Battery Type, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales with Li-ion Batteries by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Revenue for E-Bicycle Sales by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Bicycling to Work by State, United States: 2008-2012
  • Yuba and Urban Arrow E-Cargo Bikes
  • First 3D-Printed Titanium Alloy Bicycle Frame

List of Tables

  • E-Bicycle Definitions by Region/Country, World Markets
  • E-Bicycle Definitions by Region, World Markets
  • Typical Vehicle Specifications by Country
  • Battery Type Comparison
  • E-Bicycle Motor Locations: Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Select Currie Technologies Model Comparisons
  • Currie Technologies SWOT Analysis
  • Derby Cycle SWOT Analysis
  • Jiangsu Xinri E-Vehicle SWOT Analysis
  • Luyuan Electric Vehicle SWOT Analysis
  • Panasonic/Sanyo SWOT Analysis
  • Pedego Electric Bicycles SWOT Analysis
  • Prodeco Technologies SWOT Analysis
  • Stromer Bicycles SWOT Analysis
  • Yadea SWOT Analysis
  • Specification of GRACE E-Bicycle Models
  • Select A2B and F4W Model Comparisons
  • E-Bicycle Industry Participants, Asia Pacific
  • Electric Two-Wheel Vehicle Definitions by Region, World Markets
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales by Region, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales with Li-ion Batteries by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Percentage of E-Bicycle Sales with Li-ion Batteries by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales with SLA Batteries by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Percentage of E-Bicycle Sales with SLA Batteries by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual E-Bicycle Sales with NiMH and Other Battery Chemistries by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Percentage of E-Bicycle Sales with NiMH and Other Battery Chemistries by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Revenue for E-Bicycle Sales with Li-ion Batteries by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Revenue for E-Bicycle Sales with SLA Batteries by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Revenue for E-Bicycle Sales with NiMH and Other Battery Chemistries Revenue by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Revenue for E-Bicycle Sales with Li-ion Batteries by Region, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Revenue for E-Bicycle Sales with SLA Batteries by Region, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Revenue for E-Bicycle Sales with NiMH and Other Battery Chemistries Revenue by Region, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Revenue for E-Bicycle Sales by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Revenue for E-Bicycle Sales by Region, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Percentage of E-Bicycle Sales Revenue by Battery Type, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Percentage of E-Bicycle Sales Revenue by Battery Type, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • E-Bicycle Average Transaction Price by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • E-Bicycle Average Transaction Price by Region, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2014-2023

Report Details

  • Pages: 73
  • Tables, Charts,
    Figures:
    53
  • Release Date: 4Q 2014

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