Whether old-fashioned gearheads like it or not, a lot of people are saying electric motorcycles are here to stay. A recently released study from Pike Research reveals that their numbers are growing fast.
Last week’s news from Montreal’s LITO Green Motion is a good example of the sort of innovation going on in the world of battery-powered bikes. Are plug-in machines really the wave of the future, though? Pike Research seems to think so, with a recent study that predicts 2.9 million e-motorcycles being sold around the world annually by 2017.
Think that’s a big number? They’re also predicting a 19.6 million e-scooter market by 2017; they expect 138 million electric two-wheelers on the road by then. North America will see about 41,000 electric motorcycles and 28,000 electric scooters sold in 2017, the report predicts.
Do you think that’s a pie-in-the-sky wishful guess, dreamed up by the same sort of dreamy futuristic thinker that believes in Buck Rogers or Star Trek? Not so. Consider this: According to Pike Research, there’s already close to 20 million electric scooters and bikes in use right now in 2011, a number few would have imagined 10 years ago.
Want to know more about Pike Research’s report? You can find more information at their website here.