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Electric bikes making increasing inroads in Danish market

At one time it might have been seen as an expensive gimmick, but they are becoming more and more popular

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May 14th, 2019 1:51 pm| by Stephen Gadd

Danish manufacturers are making and selling more electric bikes than ever before and exports are growing.

In just one year the number sold and produced has gone up from 2,300 in 2017 to around 3,000 in 2018 – an increase of around 27 percent, figures from the national statistics keeper Danmarks Statistik reveal.

Last year was also a milestone in another sense: it was the first year in which more electric bikes were produced and sold by Danish firms than conventional ones.

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Production has been steadily increasing since 2013 when electric bikes first figured in statistics. Then, around 400 were produced and sold.

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Since 2010 there has been a sharp drop in the number of Danish-produced conventional bikes sold: from around 45,000 to a level of around 2,000 after that date. On the other hand, Denmark imported 389,000 conventional bikes in 2018.

Imports of electric bikes have also been rising fast and more than tripled since 2013, where 16,000 came into the country. In 2018 this had risen to 50,000. Most of the bikes coming into Denmark in 2018 came from China, and the Chinese also accounted for 39 percent of all imported bikes.