With EICMA 2018, the world-leading international trade exhibition for the two-wheel sector, the presentations of innovations for 2019 in the e-bike world came to a close. Given the time of year, it is also now time to assess, looking at the numbers, how 2018 has faired in terms of market growth and development. The 76th Edition of the International Motorcycle and Accessories Exhibition saw the participation of more than 60 brands, which showcased their latest innovations in the pedal-assisted bike sector.
The Italian market has confirmed its positive trend, recording strong growth again this year. The increase with regard to registrations of e-bikes in the first ten months of 2018 shows +6% on 2017. Excellent growth in imports of pedal-assisted bike has also been recorded (+21% on 2016). The production of e-bikes in Italy confirms this current trend: in 2017, 35,000 bikes were produced, compared with 23,600 in 2016, showing an increase of 48%. According to data from Confindustria ANCMA, exports of e-bikes also show a positive trend: from 8,000 e-bikes in 2016 numbers rose to 19,000 in 2017.
E-bikes were the protagonists at EICMA and year after year they play an increasingly important role at this motorcycle and scooter exhibition in Milan. This can also be seen in the surface area dedicated to them over the last 3 years, which has continuously expanded.
Electric mobility is the future and it works. Even large internal combustion engines are approaching this sector. Polini, a long-standing Italian brand has presented an important innovation: the E-P3 1000 Wh dual battery electric motor, which guarantees a range of more than 400 kilometres.
In the meantime, markets are also expanding and the e-bike sector is beginning to involve the not only the private sector but also the commercial one. Bosch showcased two solutions at EICMA 2018: its e-cargo bike with a speed of up to 25 km/h and its e-cargo tricycle with a speed of up to 45 km/h.
Since 2009, the Bosch eBike System has developed propulsion systems and battery packs (300, 400 and 500W and a 1000W DualBattery) for the frame or luggage rack and the 500W PowerTube for integrating with the frame, whereas its R&D department has created an anti-lock braking system (ABS) for wheels for e-bikes, as well as a rear-wheel lift limiter.
But which e-bike models will we find in 2019?
The market currently offers two categories of e-bikes: Pedelecs, which have a motor with a continuous rated power of 250W and a maximum speed of 25 km/h, and S-Pedelecs (Speed-Pedelec) with an electric motor with a maximum power of 500W and a speed of up to 45 km/h (when classified as motorcycles, they require specific approval). As for the various models, now for each type of “muscular” bike its electric counterpart is available: trekking bike, road bike, front-suspended and full-suspended mountain bikes and even a folding bike and fat bike. In other words, there is an e-bike for everyone!