PHOTO CAPTION: Yamaha Eco-3 Electric Scooter

E-Motorbike Sales Still Small in Europe

Electric motorbike sales account for less than one percent of overall motorcycle sales in Europe in 2011.

Published: 27-Jan-2012

Europe’s motorcycle industry is having a tough ride in the current economic times despite being touted as one of the solutions to road congestion and pollution.

Sales of motorcycles and similar light vehicles have plummeted in the past five years, from 2.7 million in 2007 to 1.7 million last year, industry figures show, hampering efforts to roll out a new generation of hybrid and electric transport.

“The crisis has deeply, deeply affected the European market,” said Hendrik von Keunheim, president of ACEM, the European motorcycle industry trade group. “Many European suppliers are struggling.”


DAFRA Smart 125 IC engine scooter will serve as platform for electric model.

Electric version of Smart 125 scooter would be sold through DAFRA's 300 sales outlets.

Mobecpoint charging station of electric scooters and motorcycles in Barcelona.

Iberdrola is providing free green power to the 120 charging stations with plans to expand 300 units.

Engineering students with HAAG Hybrid-electric scooter.

In tests carried out by the students, the HAAAG scooter could traverse 130 km with a fully-charged battery and a full tank, they claimed.


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