While you may expect a retailer that sells bikes to be optimistic, the latest forecasting from Halfords suggests that UK e-bike sales, if they continue on their current trajectory, could jump from around 50,000 in 2019 to a whopping 1.5 million by 2050. That’s an increase of almost 40,000%.
They predict over the next thirty years that a desire for more eco-friendly transport, an interest in health and wellbeing and vast improvements in e-bike technology will lead to a greater proportion of people seeing them as viable transport alternatives to cars. Halfords’ report says: “With vast improvements to e-bikes expected, as well as sweeping changes to the environment they are ridden in, there’s a real chance e-bikes will become a serious competitor to cars and buses. Cheaper, cleaner and with the added edge of offering assisted exercise, it’s easy to see why e-bikes could become the UK’s preferred method of transport.”
While the e-bike being the UK’s “preferred method of transport” seems a world away now, the forecast looks to the Netherlands which already saw sales of 400,000 e-bikes in 2018; 68% of the total €1.2 billion spent on bikes in the country that year.
By 2050, the ten major cities are predicted to account for around 650,000 of the 1.5 million e-bikes we’ll by that year. Halfords predict: “With fossil-fuel modes of transport well outdated and our infrastructure looking a lot different by 2050, e-bikes are expected to not just be a popular alternative to cars, but a viable replacement for them. As battery technology improves to the point where a charge is only needed once a week or less, and manufacturing costs fall thanks to automation, e-bikes may become just as prevalent as pedal-powered bikes – with an estimated 1.5 million sold within these selected cities in that year.”
E-bike use predicted to grow by almost 40,000% by 2050, according to Halfords research – ebiketips
While you may expect a retailer that sells bikes to be optimistic, the latest forecasting from Halfords suggests that UK e-bike sales, if they continue on their current trajectory, could jump from around 50,000 in 2019 to a whopping 1.5 million by 2050. That’s an increase of almost 40,000%. Bosch develop standard for measuring e-bike… [Read More]