Electric bicycles were featured in an article in this month’s Bicycling magazine here in the U.S. and just today I came across and article in Bike Europe, an industry publication for cycling showing that e-bikes are also taking off in the Netherlands and Germany. From the article:
AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - The e-Bike was the driving force for the Dutch bike market in 2008. In the other main European bike market, Germany, electric bicycles are now gaining momentum while also in other markets in Europe electric bicycles are beating the financial crisis with ongoing sales growth.
According to the Dutch industry organizations RAI and BOVAG, the number of e-Bikes sold in 2008 has again risen beyond all expectations; to about 140,000 units. In Germany 2008 sales totalled at 100,000 units. For 2009 this number is expected to grow with about 25 to 30%, says the German ZIV association.