General Discussion about electric bicycles.
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https://ca.news.yahoo.com/china-commerc ... 36850.html
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's commerce ministry said it is disappointed at the European Commission's decision to launch a probe into Chinese exporters of electronic bicycles, adding that Europe misunderstands the Chinese market.
The European Commission launched an investigation on Dec. 21 into whether Chinese exporters of e-bikes benefited from excessive state subsidies, the latest in a string of European probes into Chinese exports ranging from solar panels to steel.
China's e-bike market is fully market-based, said ministry spokesman Gao Feng at a regular briefing in Beijing on Thursday.
The European Bicycle Manufacturing Association wants the European Commission to impose duties on Chinese e-bikes.
"China hopes the European Union will respect World Trade Organization rules," Gao said.
Europeans buy some 20 million bicycles per year, of which about 10 percent are now e-bikes, with the potential to rise to a quarter of sales within five years.
Chinese producers, including Battle-Fushida, Aima and Tianjin Golden Wheel, sold e-bikes worth some 307 million euros in the EU in the year to Sept. 30.
(Reporting by Elias Glenn; Writing by Ryan Woo; Editing by Editing by Michael Perry)
2M ebikes per year in the EU, quite the market. Just need to find the North American numbers.
Can assume Canada is 1/10th, so 10k ebikes.
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Europe has only that much space in their landfill so they need quality ebikes sold in Europe.
China is filling dampsters of this world.
Long time ago I worked for couple of months at landfill here in Calgary , every weekend we had 1-2 BSO bicycles Walmart-sort thrown into garbage.
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Regular bicycles being imported in the EU are also a source of controversy, if current tarrif's and duties expire the European bicycle industry is really going to be in for some changes:
http://www.bike-eu.com/laws-regulations ... a-10133131
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It is concerning that shoddy imports will a negative effect on the adoption of green technology. Aside from safety matters, the poor workmanship coupled with questionable after-purchase support will leave many with negative impressions of ebikes in general. The vast majority are not DIYers and won't have the means to deal with the inevitable problems.
I have to admit though, that I'm unfamiliar with China imports regarding their quality or durability. It wouldn't hurt to have local (North American/European) rules regarding quality/warranties for all imports, as this would greatly reduce waste going to landfill.
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