Blogs

EU Strongly Recognise the Potential for 2-Wheeled Transport

In the last few weeks we have seen encouraging news that EU bodies strongly recognise the potential for two wheeled transport, and they are willing to put research funds behind the development of a next generation of electrical vehicles in Europe. However two initiatives have stressed that there are...

Model Years

In Bike Europe's November 2013 issue we reported extensively on all the happenings at Taichung Bike Week, which took place at the start of November. Lots of new components, as well as e-bike drive systems for model year 2015 were presented here, to product managers and buyers. It comes at a time dur...

Jack’s Blog: Pushing Boundaries

Of all the Eurobike 2013 trends, if there is one phenomenon that is to be singled out, then it must be how the show indicated where the bike industry is pushing its boundaries. Beyond 25 km/h, I mean. With all the e-MTBs, s-pedelecs and even e-road racers, that according to Haibike offer 'Uphill as ...

Rules & Regulations on E-Bikes & S-Pedelecs

In the June/July issue of print edition of Bike Europe we have tried to cover all aspects of electric bikes in this issue, varying from the latest (import) statistics to the latest in legislation. There's lots going on, with legislation in particular, especially the type-approval for speed pedelecs ...

How To Prevent Recalls of Li-Ion Batteries

HONG KONG - Reports from safety issues in the field require a recall of the whole batch. This is a not only a costly and complex operation, but also hurts the image of the e-bike manufacturer and the industry as a whole. There are a few simple steps e-bike manufacturers/importers can take – in clos...

Anti-Dumping-Duties - What About the Component Manufacturers?

In the past week it was a daily topic in the European living rooms: The European trade-commission decided to rise anti-dumping duties on solar panels made in China with the beginning of June. This decision caused many exclamations in the member states. But not only here in Europe: The Chinese prime ...

Who Makes Profit From Electric Vehicles?

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – “The bicycle industry and not the automotive business has successfully commercialized and made substantial profits from electric vehicles with more than 150 million units in use daily.” This is stated by Ed Benjamin Managing Director eCycleElectric Consultants and Chairm...

Car Industry’s Bad Track Record on Electric Vehicles

In BE’s e-mail newsletter (May 14th) reporting about the SRAM ‘Urban Days’ event in Schweinfurt, the header BMW: ‘Bike Industry Has To Learn Quickly’ caught my attention (click here for that story) I may have misunderstood the details of the message by Mr. Augustin E-Mobility manager at BMW, ...

Advocacy Centre Stage at "Taipei"

The Taipei International Cycle Show has put bicycle advocacy centre stage, with proof that cycling can grow the industry. If we want 35 million more cyclists by 2020, then industry and advocacy must act united. And we must act today. I delivered a keynote address at Taipei Cycle Show during the pres...

More Money

More money than ever before is going around in the bike sector. Our cover story of the Bike Europe March 2013 issue is just one example of what is going on. Here we report that Accell Group got 300 million euro from a group of banks to refinance itself and to have ample funds available for the take-...

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