Plug-in cars may be a lot larger than electric scooters and e-motorcycles, but when it comes to numbers sold, two-wheelers will outnumber four-wheelers by a huge margin by the decade's end, Pike Research says. It's a global trend that will be led by big organizations.

Demand from fleet operators like delivery companies, police departments and security departments will push annual e-scooter and e-motorcycle sales to about 18.6 million units by 2018, according to the Pike Research report. About four out of five e-two-wheelers in the world are being sold in China. E-bikes are attractive as fleet vehicles because their lighter weight allows for a longer single-charge range than many cars as well as performance specs that are similar to their fueled counterparts.

In a separate report last week, Pike said that global plug-in vehicle sales will total about 3.8 million units a year by 2020. About 50,000 plug-ins were sold in the US last year.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Giza Plateau
      • 8 Months Ago
      Ehh, this is wrong. Range on bikes is typically weaker because a person on a bicycle has aerodynamic drag as bad as an entire car. And there is less relative room for batteries. They are however more efficient at typical bicycle speeds than cars but I don't really see that taking off in USA...
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        And you're wrong. HE's not talking about electric bicycles, he's talking about motorcycles. The latest generation of e-motos go 100-130 miles on a charge.
      Thanks for the information about police auctions very helpful.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Pike Alert!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Isn't that what they said about those sidewheel mall scooters?
      • 8 Months Ago
      I have read the executive report. They are predicting a very small percentage of lithium battery usage, and about as small a percentage of electric motorcycles. The bulk of what they are predicting is lead-acid powered scooters, and mostly sold in Asia. The US is predicted to have less than 17,000, and Europe 180,000 of any form of electric motorcycle or scooter. Price, will be the attraction not high range or modern technology.
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