European Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) market shows continued growth

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LEVA-EU collects all available statistics on LEVs to provide its members with an overview and thus a better insight into the EU market. The preliminary results for 2019, albeit not complete yet, are very promising.

The electric bicycle market in Europe continues to grow. Not all national results are known yet. Therefore, total EU sales cannot be definitively calculated yet, but it looks very likely for total sales of electric bikes to surpass the mark of 3 million. The lion share of these bicycles were sold in Germany, where for the first time the magical limit of 1 million was exceeded. There is little doubt that the one and a half million mark will be exceeded this year.

Sales of electric mountain bikes have increased with almost 47% in Germany, to just under 360,000, and with more than 24% in Switzerland to a good 50,000. The results for other “E-MTB countries” such as Austria or France are not known yet.

As we already reported, there is only 1 steadily growing speed pedelec market, i.e. Belgium. This is due to the fact that Belgium has amended its traffic code to accommodate speed pedelecs. As a result, the traffic rules for speed pedelecs are fairly clear. Moreover, speed pedelec commuters can enjoy a compensation of up to € 0.24 per km, tax-free. In the past year, 106 test riders commuted on a speed pedelec for 3 weeks in a row in the framework of the 365SNEL project. They covered an average of 21.6 km a day. So, this can result in more than € 1,300 extra per year, tax-free.

A total of 13,154 were sold in Belgium, that is 54.4% more than in 2018. Germany and the Netherlands, respectively second and third market are a lot smaller and unstable.

For the third year in a row, European electric moped sales have made a big leap, in 2019 of almost 50% to just under 60,000 vehicles. It should be noted that these figures include speed pedelecs, which are registered as mopeds. EU sales of speed pedelecs are estimated at around 25,000 in 2019. That is getting close to half of all e-moped sales.

Finally, in 2019 electric motorcycle sales more than doubled to 14,111. However, it is still very much a niche market with only 1.3% share in total motorcycle registrations.

If you are looking for any further details on EU LEV-statistics or any other aspect of the European LEV-market, you should consider joining LEVA-EU. All further details are here or contact Annick Roetynck at +32 9 233 60 05, email annick@leva-eu.com.

Annick Roetynck

Annick is the Manager of LEVA-EU, with decades of experience in two-wheeled and light electric mobility.

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