The electric bike craze is turning into a race to catch up with European countries in terms of clean transport. Electric bike manufacturers have a lot of work to do to meet the growing demand. The demand is so strong that there is a shortage for the purchase of an electric bicycle, the websites have no more stock and are out of stock, as well as the stores that can no longer fulfill the orders, people line up in front of the stories.
Why are the French buying more and more electrically assisted mountain bikes (VTTAE)?
Electric bicycles are becoming more and more popular because they offer a practical alternative and cheap to cars to get around the city. Many people have bought an electric bike to reduce their carbon footprintbecause these bikes run on a battery in the gasoline place. While the cars pollute the air and consume a lot of energy, that gas stations are running out of fuel, electric bicycles are fashionable, their advantage: they are silent, economical and do not produce greenhouse gases. Cyclists can enjoy nature and breathe cleaner air.
With fuel prices constantly increasing, people are looking for cheaper ways to get around. Electric bicycles are a great option, because its use costs almost nothing. A person can travel 20 kilometers without consume gasoline. Cyclists can also save on parking free guarantor in spaces reserved for bicycles.
More and more cities set put in place infrastructure to promote soft travel, such as cycle paths and pedestrian areas. This makes trips around the city more pleasant and less stressful for cyclists. In addition, it allows people to move around without having to take their car, which helps reduce air pollution.
A race to catch up with European countries
France has always lagged behind European countries when it comes to electric bikes. According to a study by the French Federation of Bicycle Users (FUB), only 2% of French people own an electric bicycle, compared to 25% of Germans and 35% of Dutch.
However, electric bikes are becoming more and more popular among the French. Sales quadrupled between 2016 and 2017, from 16,000 to 65,000 units. But this still represents less than 1% of the total bicycle market, while major European countries like Germany and Belgium have passed the 10% threshold.
the primary reason of the French delay is the lack of infrastructure adapted. In Germany there are already 7,500 charging stations for electric bicycles, compared to only 200 in France. In addition, the economic aid granted by the State to individuals was until then much less advantageous than in the past. United Kingdom or in Germany.
But it seems that the French government is realizing the potential of electric bicycles. In January 2018, immanuel macron had announced its intention to develop this sector so that the France can catch up lagging behind its European neighbours.
What is the amount of the bonus for an electric bicycle?
The French government offers an ecological bonus for the purchase of an electrically assisted bicycle, here is a table of amounts and conditions of the bonus:
|€400||Individual with a tax reference unit income equal to or less than €6,300 or a person with a disability|
|€300||Individual with a tax reference unit income equal to or less than €13,489|
To be entitled to the ecological bonus, you must submit your request on the website primealaconversion.gouv.fr within 6 months from the date of invoicing your bike.
What are the conditions to benefit from the assisted electric bicycle voucher?
The following people are eligible:
- Adults, domiciled in France with a tax reference unit income less than or equal to €13,489
- Persons with disabilities who prove their situation.
Electric bike manufacturers have a lot of work ahead of them
Manufacturers of electric bicycles have a lot of work ahead of them, as demand is increasing and there are many competitors.
To meet growing demand, manufacturers must invest in new technologies and improve their production. This involves significant costs and a increased competition.
In addition, they need to stand out in the electric bicycle market, which is in full expansion. To do this, they must offer superior and innovative products.
Finally, electric bicycle manufacturers have a lot of work to do because they have to convince consumers of the usefulness and benefits of electric bicycles. To do this, they can highlight its practical, ecological and economic side.
Electric bicycles are a convenient wayeconomical and ecological to move, and its popularity is increasing.
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