QUIKbyke Logo

Flight Electric Bicycle is one of more than 130+ brands available in USA.
Flight Electric Bicycle is one of more than 130+ brands available in USA.

Electric Bike Sales Take Off in USA

New study finds electric bicycle market in the United States doubles to 159,000 units sold between July 2012 and July 2013.

eCycleElectric International Consultants latest survey of the electric bicycle market in the United States finds that compared to numbers reported in 2012, the number of e-bikes sold in the last 12 months have now, effectively, doubled to an estimated 159,000.

Additionally, eCycleElectric's research has identified some 130+ brands being sold by more than 900 dealers, both through physical store fronts and online. Of the 134 brands identified, a third of them (54) are new to the North American market, with 30 of them offering newly imported goods, with the remainder offeing left-over or overstock/closeout surplus items, usually offered at discounts.

The researchers, led by Ed Benjamin, note that while two brands, Prodeco and Optibike assembly their product in the United States, most e-bikes and virtually all components come from either China or Taiwan. Some completely assembled e-bikes also are coming in from Europe.

They also point out that the 900+ dealers do not represent larger American retailers, noting:

908 retailers, (not including mass merchants such as Wal-Mart and Amazon) claim to be selling electric bikes. These dealers include electric bike specialists, electric vehicle specialists, motor sports retailers, Internet retailers, independent bicycle dealers, hardware stores, car parts stores, and more. Major mass merchants such as Wal-Mart, Sears, Target, Best Buy, (and Amazon) are also participating, although not in all of their stores locations.

By contrast, sales of electric-assist bicycles in Europe, for example surpassed the 1 million mark at least two years ago. There are not an estimated 1 million e-bikes in Netherlands, alone.

Posted By: Bill Moore [09-Aug-2013]


Quikbyte Archive

  • PASTA Project: Cycling Has Greatest Health Benefits of Urban Transport
  • Yet Another University Study Finds Riding An E-Bike Is Good For Your Heart & Soul Too
  • Should You Wear A Helmet When You Ride a Bike?
  • Quikbyke Expands Rental 'Shop-in-a-Box' Qiosk Models
  • Of Doughnuts and Smart, Livable 21st Century Cities
  • A.I. vs Jobs: India & Quikbyke Face Similar Conundrums
  • My Peer-to-Peer EBike Sharing Experiment
  • It's Bike Month and Quikbyke's Solar Qiosk Is Now Florida-Bound
  • Facts And Myths About The Legality Of E-Bikes
  • Bike Share Boom, Bike Share Bust: A Quikbyke Solution
  • Bikes Good for Local Business
  • Five Reasons to Commute By E-Bike
  • Quikbyke: One Year Later
  • Bike Share Vs Quikbyke? It's No Contest
  • Bikes Vs. Cars
  • When Is a Bike Ride Not A Bike Ride? When It's a Quikbyke
  • Cruising London Fully Charged On An E-Bike
  • Creating Electric Bike Adventures In Time
  • E-Bikes to EU Rescue
  • eBikes and Wellness - The Evidence Mounts
  • Future Bodes Well For E-Bikes in America
  • How You Too Can Get 1000 MPG!
  • Those 'Deadly' Electric Bicycles
  • If You're Going To Ride A Bike, Here's Safest and Most Dangerous States
  • Building My E-Biking Confidence
  • Strava Around the Lake
  • CleanSpace and Our Dirty Air
  • Discover Omaha Beacons - Turning Your Phone Into a Tour Guide
  • Same Great Workout : More Evidence
  • How We Got the Bicycle
  • Could E-Bikes Help Parkinson's Patients?
  • Quikbyke's Q•pod Becomes Real Steel
  • What's Quikbyke's MVP? We're About to Find Out
  • The Bromptons of London
  • I Rode the Sun Today
  • The E-Bikes of the Balearics
  • Of Love and Bicycles
  • The SBA and My K15 'Conversation Starter'
  • Pricing the Quikbyke Kickstarter
  • Ford Seeking to Re-Invent Itself with Smart Mobility
  • When One Man and 1/2 HP Is Faster Than an Acura TLX
  • Aging Cities and Three-Wheeled Bikes
  • The Coming of Quikbyke
  • How Bicycles Can Help Reclaim Our Streets for Everyone
  • Dan Sturges and the Future of Micromobility
  • Here's Why I am Into E-Bikes
  • Powerful A.S.S. Can Help Ensure Success
  • Same Great Workout, Just Faster and More Fun
  • Bike Helmets, Accidents, and Hygiene
  • Will Cycling London's Underground Be a Haunting Experience?