The electric motorcycle isn't given the respect it deserves. At the moment, these silent two wheel vehicles are simply an afterthought by most of the riding community. But that's going to chance in the next few years. A new report from Pikes Research predicts that electric motorcycle sales are about to explode.
The rising cost of fuel, an improving public image, and government incentives are going to cause a boom in the motorcycle industry. Pikes Research predicts that motorcycle and scooter sales (including electric vehicles) will rise dramatically in Europe and North American over the next 6 years.
Pikes Research predicts that electric motorcycle sales in Europe will more than double in the next 6 years.
"For now, sales numbers are low, but manufacturers of two-wheeled electric vehicles are finding specialty niches that will provide solid growth early on in the next decade," says senior analyst Dave Hurst. "E-scooters, for example, are effective for small parcel deliveries, while police forces are gravitating toward e-motorcycles to save money on fuel."
China, currently the largest market for electric vehicles, will sell more than 15 million electric motorcycles in scooters by 2017 and total global sales will rise from 17 million in 2011 to 138 million by 2017.
Pikes Research examined market forces, technology issues, government incentives and regulations, and key drivers of the growth of e-motorcycles and e-scooters to create their report.
Do you agree with Pikes prediction? Are we at the beginning of an electric motorcycle boom?