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  1. Survey shows growth in online e-bike purchasing by younger generation

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    Source: Tweewieler

    The fifth annual GfK E-Bike Monitor report has been published, based on the feedback of 2,000 respondents from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, and Italy.

    According to the report, the main reasons for buying an e-bike are for recreational use and commuting. Although the overall majority of respondents prefer to buy an e-bike at a brick-and-mortar store, this trend shifts dramatically when looking at the younger 18-24 age bracket, where 60% have bought an e-bike online.

    Within this demographic, the survey indicates that growing numbers are choosing to make the journeys to and from school or college by e-bike, which increases the overall average use per week. No less than 45% of e-bike purchasers indicate that they use the e-bike at least once a day.

    The GfK report also explored what aspects e-bike buyers considered most important in making their decision to purchase. The 18-24 demographic focused mainly on the e-bike’s top speed, and technical features such as GPS tracking and smart connectivity, as well as battery life. For the average e-bike purchaser, battery performance is of even greater importance, as well as factors such as the motor’s range and location.

    Physical stores still dominate, with 75% of respondents preferring those that carry several brands, and over 90% of those visiting a store taking a test drive. However, the share of online sales is growing, thanks in part to the increasing number of purchases by the 18-24 age bracket.

  2. Bafang Electric launches its first Bafang Dealer Day, attracting hundreds of industry professionals

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    The first Bafang Dealer Day took place on January 16 in Nijkerk, generating a great response and positive feedback. More than 450 dealers took up the LEVA-EU member’s invitation to register for the event and made their way to the distinctive venue Hart van Holland. Here, much discussion surrounding Bafang itself, the dealer direct service, new products, and partner opportunities took place.

    Confident presentations and interactive exchange

    The day’s presentations were specially designed with dealer-specific information in mind, ranging from an overview of Bafang’s history to technical insight regarding the latest drive systems. Confidently leading the day’s proceedings was moderator Rens Merckelbach. He was joined by members of Bafang’s Benelux branch Vince Weerden, Santosh Mankoe, and Leroy van Heeren, the branch’s Service Manager, Dealer Direct Service Executive, and Customer Service Specialist respectively. Each presented on their specialist subject, taking time to answer any dealers’ questions on the matters at hand.

    New products and the BESST Pro Tool

    After a refreshment break the event continued, moving into an adjacent hall where dealers were able to view Bafang’s latest technological offerings up-close while receiving tailored advice from knowledgeable staff members.

    Alongside the isolated drive systems, batteries, and HMIs on display, a range of test bikes were available for dealers’ use. Supporting Bafang’s own test bikes were branded bikes boasting a range of systems, provided by Jools, Brinckers, BSP, and Dolly Bikes. Based on the faces seen around the specially designed test track, Bafang’s motto, “Engineered to make you smile”, rings true!

    The afternoon was then characterized by presentations of the latest products from Bafang by Lennart van Houwelingen, the Sales Manager for Benelux. Following this, Leroy van Heeren returned to deliver a presentation regarding the BESST Pro tool, which is sure to be an exciting prospect for many dealers.

    Rens Merckelbach concluded the event with a light-hearted lottery, where Bafang team members presented a selection of gifts to lucky attendees. Concluding with a classic networking session, the event can only be described as an extremely successful and slick launch of Bafang’s Dealer Day. Full of informative content and exciting ideas, the event clearly outlines Bafang’s focus on development in the European market, and is the product of a great team effort by the staff of Bafang Electric Ltd.

  3. Trenergy invigorates communication strategy

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    Source: nieuwsfiets.nu

    Dutch Electric bike brand Trenergy is coming into the new year with a renewed focus on communication for the benefit of its customers and business.

    As reported in industry publication, nieuwsfiets.nu, the makers of electric bicycles continue to value communication as a core principle, and have committed to more deeply optimize this area on numerous points. This is especially vital in cooperation with dealers.

    AZ Import, creator of Trenergy, has always aimed to provide the best products and service, but knows that there can still be room for improvement. Commercial Assistant Maik Coobs was quoted: “By means of a survey, we asked our dealer network where we could improve ourselves. The points that emerged were improving the quality of our e-bikes and optimizing our communication flows. And we really do have news to communicate. For example, the further development of our bicycles, with the aim of improving the quality and reliability of our e-bikes. A number of employees have traveled to our factory in Portugal to contribute to optimizing the quality of our ebikes,” he explained, “but it’s also about the website. Our portal is not really optimal at the moment, which is why next year we will also focus on updating our website, which will make it easier for dealers to find their way and which will work much more efficiently and faster. Both for the dealers and ourselves.”

    Users can expect more visual content and an optimised experience both for dealers and consumers, along with faster performance speed and the most up-to-date information. The one-stop-shop will aim to let dealers take care of stock availability, documentation downloads and even warranty settlement.

    Digital communications and print brochures are to be reinvigorated, with professional and diverse photography set to show off the bikes at their very best over the coming year. Trenergy is also ensuring the approach is holistic, followed through both online and offline, with high-quality, locally sourced printing, strategic QR codes for a smooth user experience.

  4. LEVA-EU member Pendix reports another record year

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    Source: RadMarkt, J. Beckendorff

    2022 “couldn’t have gone better” for the Zwickau-based manufacturer of retrofit electric bicycle drives

    In 2022, Pendix GmbH completed the purchase of its cooperation partner VSC Bike GmbH, a cargo bike box supplier; alongside this, Johnson Electric Group now holds a majority 80% stake in Pendix. With so much activity, it’s unsurprising that the business’ previous record year of 2021 has been overtaken by another record year.

    For Pendix Managing Director Thomas Herzog, the year 2022 could not have gone better: “After the two Corona years, it was great to finally meet colleagues from the industry again without restrictions at the trade fairs. And we are also completely satisfied internally. We have ten new colleagues, are now 63 people and are still looking for support. Even if we continue to grow, also in terms of personnel, we want to maintain our team spirit… We want to continue with this motivation in 2023. The cooperation with Johnson Electric gave us wings again.”

    The demand for retrofit systems continues to grow, with the brand’s largest market being the Netherlands, representing almost 10% of 2022’s turnover.

  5. CAKE launches its newest model, the Åik, at CES

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    LEVA-EU member CAKE unveils its latest utility e-bike within the professional :work series

    The Åik by CAKE is the utility choice for the demands of working professionals who rely on two-wheeled transportation for their livelihood or indeed for the demanding lifestyle requirements of individuals. Not to be mistaken as just an e-bike, it is a utility tool that redefines the category with an unsurpassed range and power of up to 224 miles and a gross vehicle weight of 200 kg. Like the Ösa, Åik is designed around a modular aluminium frame so customers can outfit the Åik with the suitable types of racks, bags, trailers, baskets, and passenger seats to suit the job at hand.

    By creating a transportation solution that does not require any special license to operate, CAKE has filled a gap in the :work series. The newest member of the :work family blurs the lines between lightweight electric motorcycles and utility e-bikes. For those who typically rely on motorized transportation, it opens up networks of bike lanes and paths that are off-limits to motorcycles and cars. It’s also indisputably easier to find a spot to park a bicycle than it is a motor vehicle.

    “With Åik joining the :work series lineup, we’re now offering a complete assortment of electric two-wheeled solutions for any business in need of a transportation solution,” said CAKE founder and CEO Stefan Ytterborn. He continued “Our range is optimized for artisanal needs, from the fastest deliveries in town through to surveillance work in the backcountry.” 

    In designing this bike, CAKE took its expertise from manufacturing high-performance electric motorcycles and applied it to e-bikes. The result is a robust bike that’s ready for the demands of commercial fleet use and everyday commuting alike.

    The key feature of the Åik is its battery, or batteries. One of the 750 Wh batteries can power the bike for up to 74.5 miles, but users can connect as many as three batteries to extend the range to cover more miles than most want to ride in a single day. The batteries can also power electronic devices such as temperature-controlled food boxes, electronic tools, and equipment. 

    Like the rest of the :work series, the Åik is also available direct to consumers and later this spring a wider assortment of accessories will be available to further suit their lifestyle needs. 

    The Åik is available for pre-order on ridecake.com and is expected to start shipping in May of this year.

    One way or another, all CAKE names derive from the island of Gotland. The Åik comes from the local ancient language “Gutniska” and means ’big and heavy load’ referring to Åik’s hundreds of utility combinations to pull, stow and carry heavy loads.

  6. Bafang offers the chance to win any e-bike featuring their system

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    In its final Giveaway of 2022, LEVA-EU member Bafang is offering up to 3000 EUR towards a powered-by-Bafang e-bike model.

    The ‘Bafang Giveaway Trail | Stage 3’ closes the popular competition series that has run through 2022. Details from the Giveaway landing page can be seen below.

    “The power is in your hands – our grand prize winner can claim a Bafang-powered e-bike worth up to €3000!

    “We want to see your views from the trail, the open road, the city streets! What makes you smile when you’re out and about on two wheels? Submit your very best photo or video in the theme and approved entries will head to a public vote to determine the winner.

    “Entry is easy, submit a file, link to your video via the form, or enter by publicly posting your media on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #BafangGiveawayTrailStage3

    You’ll have until Janurary 6, 2023 to enter your media, and we can’t wait to share in your views!”

    Visit the Giveaway landing page, here.

    Visit the Giveaway directly, here.

    Visit the Bafang-owners bonus round, here.

  7. LEVA-EU member Cowboy is the first e-bike retail brand to achieve B Corp certification

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    The brand joins a global community of responsible companies that meet the highest social and environmental standards. It’s been years in the making and is just the beginning as Cowboy strives to be better in all they do and lead the way toward a more sustainable future.

    B Corp certification is administered by the nonprofit, B Lab. Its in-depth review of Cowboy’s operations, business model, and product are evaluated across five primary attributes (community, customers, environment, governance, workers) to meet a rigorous standard for benefit corporation certification.

    Cowboy continues to advance sustainability globally while owning its supply chain and logistics – from the sourcing of each part, to delivering a bike to your door, to recycling used batteries and bike parts.

    This recognition is just the beginning for Cowboy. The brand is committed to building more social and environmental practices into how it operates, how they behave as a brand, and how Cowboy performs as a product and service to its rider community of over 40,000 strong and growing.

    “A better bike. A better self. A better world.” – Cowboy

  8. Close to a third of cyclists in the Netherlands are using e-bikes

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    Source: Fietsberaad.nl

    The capital of cycling is going electric! Almost 30% of riders in the Netherlands now use an electric bike, with older age groups showing an even higher uptake near 50%

    New research from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has revealed the growing use of e-bikes amongst the Netherlands’ population (n = 7,000). Almost a quarter of cyclists (23%) exclusively use e-bikes, with an additional 6% using both an electric bicycle and a non-electric bicycle.

    Of participants, the primary reason for making the shift to assisted riding was ‘to make cycling easier’ (70%). In particular, older individuals, individuals with a disability, and individuals who do not live an active lifestyle gave this answer. In the age bracket of 12-17, 60% of respondents gave an alternate answer, the desire to ‘cycle faster!’

    Both the electric bicycle and the non-electric bicycle are most often used for visiting shops, friends or other destinations. Followed by ‘bicycle rides’, ‘commuting’, ‘sports’ and ‘cycling to and from school’. Of these rides, e-bikes are more often used for longer-distance rides (10-20km).

  9. VOLT announces partnership with award-winning insurance firm LAKA

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    Source: Volt Bikes

    E-bike manufacturer VOLT has announced its new insurance collaboration with LEVA-EU member LAKA, three-time winners of the Best Cycle Insurance Provider category at the Insurance Choice Awards and pioneers of the ‘collective insurance’ scheme.

    The partnership will be celebrated with an exclusive 30-day free bicycle insurance trial, available online to all VOLT riders, new and old. This collaboration is another step in the UK-based manufacturer’s sustained drive to deliver exceptional products to its customers, with VOLT seeking to ensure that from day one and beyond riders are supported along every step of their journey.

    Just as VOLT continues to expand apace with their focus on innovation, so too does LAKA, with their collective insurance scheme disrupting the industry. LAKA’s collective insurance splits the monthly claims cost across the entire community of riders, a month without any claims is a month without any payment from you and the whole collective. Riders are intrinsically tied to one another, with the system designed to nurture community spirit.

    LAKA’s partnership works in harmony with VOLT’s commitment to delivering the best possible deal for customers, with their flexible insurance having no annual subscription or upfront payment costs and no excess super-fast claims which are usually processed within a day. VOLT and LAKA will ensure you’re protected with both theft and damage coverage.

    At VOLT we’re always looking to partner with organisations that are innovating within our sector. This partnership with LAKA is really exciting, they provide a great scheme which is disrupting the insurance industry. We know our riders will love their unique offer and we can’t wait to see them join ‘the collective’. We’re proud to have worked with LAKA to forge a great deal for all our riders.” – Volt founder and owner, James Metcalfe

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