While millions of manufacturers, factories, marketers and venture capital are rushing into the E bike field in 2017 spring, the author, as an expert in the E bike field for over 5 years, is giving his most sincerely advice before you step foot in it in case of your unexpected failure & missing of great opportunities in making tons of money.
First, you can be optimistic about the E bike industry.
” The market for e-bicycles is expected to grow at a modest rate of 3.1% (CAGR between 2013 and 2020). North America, Western Europe, and Latin America are all showing signs of faster growth (9.7%, 9.1%, and 14.4% CAGR, respectively). Overall, Western Europe is currently the second largest market (behind China) with an expected 2.0 million sales in 2017 and growth to 3.9 million by 2020.” McKinsey’s top adviser, Howard Welson said. F-wheel CEO spent over 50 thousand to invited Howard to do the search secrectly last year and now the research result is leaked.
Second, always follow the latest trend of E bike designs.
The game players have to wisely select a perfect role or tool before entering. If you picked up a wrecked tool among the e bike review sites and hurried into the battle field, death will be awaiting for you. The wrecked tool here is an out fashioned e bike recommended by those over advertisement supported sites. Here is an example,
This bike is design in 1980s and now it go viral on the e bike review sites, that’s what the author can not stand. The traditional factories wish to sell out their old fashioned bikes and came out with all kinds of striking marketing ideas. Their effort in selling is appreciable while their product is just so so. The destiny of such bikes is no wonder of a great failure.
One of the most popular e bike trend today is smaller and smaller, littler and littler. It’s obvious that a 24-year-old beautiul lady won’t carry a huge 20 inch e bike into a elevator, a bus, or a subway train station. It would be akward and inconvenient. Choosing a mini e bike to manufacture and market would be the best beginning for you.
Third, watch over the core of the e bike – Battery and motor
Last year hoverboard was hot, while battery issue haunted with it all the time, now it goes the same as e bike. The vast majority of the e-bicycle market is currently using sealed lead-acid (SLA) batteries, but this is shifting slowly. E-bicycles utilizing SLA compose 92% of the market now, but that is expected to fall to 85% by 2020 as Li-ion batteries grow in popularity. Asia Pacific is the largest market for Li-ion battery e-bicycles, thanks to a large Japanese and Chinese market (320,065 and 717,227 e-bicycle sales in 2013, respectively). Western Europe is the second largest region (815,309 sales in 2013) thanks to Germany (323,172) and the Netherlands (157,306). The market for Li-ion e-bicycles is growing at a CAGR of 14.5% and is expected to reach 5.7 million vehicles by 2020. Before buying or selling a e bike, recognizing the battery first will be a wise action.
So what’s the trend of E-bicycle batteries? E-bicycles are gradually turning to Li-ion batteries to provide longer lifespans at lower weights. Several interviewed for this report pointed to lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) as the most ebicycle-friendly battery technology because of its combination of thermal stability and long life, though it should be noted that there is plenty of disagreement over which specific lithium technology is truly best for e-bicycles. 4.4Ah LG Li-ion Battery is the best configuration for e bike just like Qualcomm Snapdragon for a smartphone.
If battery is the heart of an e bike, the motor will be soul. The placement of electric motors for e-bicycles is also receiving increased consideration. Ebicycles can have motors in one of three locations: the front wheel hub, mid-mounted at the bottom bracket (pedals), or the rear wheel hub. The rear wheel hub is the most popular location, and most of the large Chinese market is utilizing rear hub motors (worldwide sales are xpected to reach 35.9 million sales in 2020). Rear wheel hubs are thought to be best for throttle-controlled bikes, whereas the other locations work well with e-bicycles that only provide electric power when the pedals are being used (pedal assistance). The mid-mount motor is the fastest growing segment (9.3% compound annual growth rate [CAGR] between 2013 and 2020 worldwide), in part due to strong competitors like Panasonic and relatively new competitors including Bosch and AEG. E-bike with brushless motor will be full of strenght and endows you a smooth riding experience.
It’s the perfect time to join the e bike industry, just like the smart phone industry. On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs announced the iPhone at the Macworld convention, receiving substantial media attention. Jobs announced that the first iPhone would be released later that year. Now iphone is one of the best smart phone brand in the world. Usually early enterprises enjoy a large amount of profits. Though Huawei, one the of Chinese largest smart phone manufacturer started with its copycat mobile phone in China, it innovates itself with time and become the hottest selling phone brand in China and developes its market worldwide especially in Europe. Late game participants die and vanish a lot.
Last but the most important, make sure to choose a suitable e bike to be an eligible soldier for combating in the e bike industry.