The USA Electric Bike Market Numbers

This is a guest post by Edward Benjamin and Audra Poynter, eCycleElectric Staff

With a population of more than 316 Million people, buying about 15 million normal bicycles most years, and a demographic that is shifting to an older, but active generation of baby boomers…the USA seems a natural market for electric powered two wheelers.

The European market, about 742 million people, buying about 20 million bicycles most years, is both larger, and buys fewer bicycles per capita than the USA.

However, much of Europe regards a bicycle of any type as transportation. (As well as for sports, fitness, and recreation.) This is a cultural norm and in such cultures ebike markets grow more quickly.

The USA is almost universal in [Read more…]

The Electric Bike of the Future Will be Social, Smart, Entertaining, & Talking to Traffic All The Time

The future of electric bikes will be highly networked!

This is a guest post from Edward Benjamin, Senior Managing Director of eCycleElectric LLC, and Chairman of Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA).

For nearly 20 years, I have watched engineers, inventors and designers steadily improving electric powered two wheelers. Improving performance, reliability, and appearance in nearly every aspect in every market.

Some of the electric bikes of today are truly marvelous. We have inexpensive bikes that successfully carry many millions of people to work every day. We have electric mountain bikes that carry [Read more…]

Electric Bike Technician Training at ProdecoTech by LEVA

Ed Benjamin reviews the work members of the class who installed a Watts Up meter on a a ProdecoTech electric bike.

Ed Benjamin reviews the work of members of the class who installed a Watts Up meter on a ProdecoTech Stride electric bike.

The other day Robert Provost, CEO of ProdecoTech, invited me to join them for the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA) E-Bike Technician Training at ProdecoTech headquarters.

How could I say no?!

The LEVA E-Bike Technician Training helps electric bike dealers increase their e-bike knowledge and diagnose and troubleshoot electric bike technical issues for their customers.

Ed Benjamin is the founder and chairman of LEVA (also Managing Director of eCycleElectric) and he taught the 3 levels of [Read more…]

ProdecoTech to Host LEVA E-Bike Technician Training & Certification

This is a press release from ProdecoTech.

Oakland Park, FL – Robert Provost President of ProdecoTech along with Heather Marshman Executive Director of the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA) announced today that the Oakland Park based company will be hosting the LEVA E-Bike technician training and certification at their new 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility on May 1 and 2 of 2014.

ProdecoTech management expects this training will solidify the advancement of E-bike technologies to its dealer base and also to future prospects. The training has been developed by Dr. Don Gerhardt and various [Read more…]

Gates Carbon Drive™ Electrifies 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

This is a press release from Gates Carbon Drive.

Gates Carbon Drive, maker of the leading belt drive system for bicycles and eBikes, plans to electrify the 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show with a first-ever “Custom eBike Showcase” featuring a dozen original electric bicycles.

Gates partnered with leading electric bike system companies Bosch, SRAM, and BionX, as well as hub maker NuVinci, and enlisted some of America’s finest custom builders to [Read more…]

What Happened, What Comes Next: A Recap of Important Events from the 2013 Electric Bike Industry

This is a guest post from Ed Benjamin, Senior Managing Director of eCE and LEVA Chairman.

Reviewing 2013:

The electric bike industry enjoyed a successful year in 2013. Here is recap of what happened in some of the most important markets.

Electric bikes sales in China grew, but slowly. There is now an estimated 170 million electric bikes in use in China and the replacement of aging electric bikes is around [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Jive Bike, London E-Bike Share, LeBron James, Toyota i-ROAD, E-Bikes & Sustainable Energy, + More! [VIDEOS]

Checkout the Jive Bike, it’s a chainless folding electric bike and the company raised £180,000 on Crowdcube (a crowdfunding website).

BMW has come out with their own electric bike called the Cruise.  Here is more about this Bosch mid drive equipped e-bike.

An electric bike share program is in the works for London, England.  This will be in addition to traditional bikes in the ‘Boris Bike’ network. And here is an article supporting the [Read more…]

Sid Kuropchak, President of Light Electric Vehicle Association, Succumbs to Cancer.

Sid Kuropchak,President of Light Electric Vehicle Association

Sid Kuropchak, President of Light Electric Vehicle Association

This is very sad news.  Sid was a friend of mine and I will miss her very much.

The following is a press release from the Light Electric Vehicle Association.

Sidney Kuropchak, 61, President of Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA), passed away in her sleep, at home, on August 23.  Sid had battled cancer for the last year.

Sid is survived by spouse John Kuropchak and other family members.  A memorial will be scheduled and announced, in about a month.

Professionally, Sid was a co-founder of the Light Electric Vehicle Association, and had served as Executive Director, Board Member, and President.  Sid was just awarded a lifetime achievement award from LEVA.

Her leadership and pleasant management style was responsible for the rapid growth and [Read more…]

Lifetime Achievement Award For Sid Kuropchak, President of Light Electric Vehicle Association

Sid Kuropchak,President of Light Electric Vehicle Association

Sid Kuropchak,President of Light Electric Vehicle Association

This is a press release from the Light Electric Vehicle Association.

The Board of Directors of the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA) is pleased to announce the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to LEVA President and Co-Founder Sid Kuropchak.

“Sid has been the heart and the driving force of the LEVA’s amazing growth since the beginning”. Said Chairman Edward Benjamin. “Our board is grateful for her years of highly effective leadership.”

“Sid’s pleasant and intelligent style has set a tone for the LEVA and it’s activities that we have all benefitted from.”

Sid Kuropchak is currently [Read more…]

Interbike Launches Media Event For Electric Bike Market

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. – December 17, 2012 – Interbike, the largest bicycle industry trade show in North America, today took a step in helping to build momentum within the electric bike movement by launching the country’s first Electric Bike Media Event. The goal of the event is to gather electric bike manufacturers, industry experts, mainstream consumer media and cycling media for test-rides and education on one of the hottest growing segments outside of the United States.

“It’s no secret that electric bike sales are exploding in Europe and Asia, and [Read more…]