This week, CONEBI released its latest European e-bike sales data, showing strong growth in the number of e-bikes being sold across the continent. The CONEBI report also highlights an increase in the amount of investment going into e-bike R&D projects.
Elsewhere, Aventon reached a distribution agreement with consumer electronics retailer, Best Buy. Aventon has joined the growing number of e-bike manufacturers who are making use of strategic partnerships with large department stores and electronics retailers to broaden their reach.
Also in the news this week, Hong Kong’s VELOWAVE has launched a new fat tire electric bike model. The VELOWAVE ROVER, an all-terrain model designed for versatility and ease of use, packs a 750W BAFANG rear hub motor and a removable 48V 15Ah battery.
Jeep also launched a new electric scooter model called the Urban Camou, the first product in its new micromobility range.
Lastly, Amazon will begin electric cargo bike deliveries in London in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.
And now for this week’s personal electric vehicle news, brought to you by Recharged Rides:
2021 electric bike sales in Europe surpassed 5 million, representing an increase of 7.5% year over year according to new data published by the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI).
The strong growth of electric bikes continues with increases in both consumer purchases and direct industry investment. Reported sales data was €19.7 billion while investment continues to grow at more than €1.75 billion.
CONEBI projects that bike sale figures will surpass 30 million by 2030, and many brands continue to aggressively expand their e-bike lineups with an eye toward the future of this exploding industry.
Commenting on the release of this promising data, CONEBI’s president, Erhard Büchel, had this to say: “Reshoring is taking place, and the well-known supply chain disruptions are triggering a new wave of industrialization in Europe: it is a process that will take time but represents a unique opportunity for the European industrial ecosystem to grow sustainably in the long-term. More local production – starting from the manufacturing of cycle parts – and proximity to the consumer, are an essential part of the transition,”
Best Buy, the world’s largest retailer of consumer electronics, is now stocking Aventon’s electric bikes.
The exciting announcement is a step forward for wider e-bike adoption and is great news for customers who prefer to check out Aventon’s best-selling models in-store instead of ordering online. Best Buy’s decision was driven by its commitment to provide customers with the best customer experience and widest selection of products, and further cements the legitimacy of the micromobility movement.
One of the industry’s most well-known brands, Los Angeles-based Aventon continues to expand and its growing e-bike lineup offers something for riders of all types.
VELOWAVE has announced the launch of its new ROVER electric bike. The bike is kitted out with a 750W rated BAFANG rear hub motor that puts out 80Nm of torque, a Shimano 7-speed drivetrain, and a 48V 15Ah LG removable battery that’s integrated nicely into the bike’s frame.
Other specs include a front fork suspension, Kenda 26″ x 4″ fat tires, LED headlight, and corrosion-resistant 6061 aluminum alloy frame.
The VELOWAVE ROVER packs a 50-mile range and is currently available on a pre-order basis. The bike has an MSRP of $1,699 and is currently on sale for $1,599. VELOWAVE is also throwing in a free suspension seat post and free US shipping.
Jeep joins other leading automakers RIVIAN, Porsche, and GM with its expansion into the rapidly growing micromobility industry.
The automaker has announced the launch of its first electric scooter this week, the Jeep Urban Camou. Available initially in the UK, Jeep’s e-scooter has an MSRP of £829.99 and is the first product launch in the company’s newly-released Urban E-Mobility range.
The Jeep Urban Camou features full suspension, puncture-proof 10-inch tires, a 500W rear motor, and 48V 9.6Ah lithium-ion battery. Jeep reports that the Urban Camou delivers a 31-mile range and a top speed of 15.5 mph.
A full lineup of Jeep e-bikes is on the horizon, and the brand will maintain a strong focus on versatile folding models and eMTBs. Previously, we’ve seen Jeep do some great collaborations with QuietKat, so we’re excited to check these bikes out once they’re released.
Not to be outdone by USPS and UPS, Amazon announced this week that the online retailer will begin its rollout of cargo e-bike deliveries in London. The fleet of electric cargo bikes is part of Amazon’s Hackney micromobility headquarters, and the company reports that the electric vehicles will make approximately 5 million deliveries per year in the city.
Additional EV delivery hubs are planned as part of the e-commerce giant’s push to cut carbon emissions.
Amazon’s UK manager, John Boumphrey, commented: “Amazon is driving towards a global net-zero carbon future. One way we’re doing that is through the transformation of our transportation networks. Our new e-cargo bikes, walkers and growing electric vehicle delivery fleet will help us make more zero-emission customer deliveries than ever before across London and the UK in the coming months.”