Speed pedelec dominates moped sales statistics
The electric bike capable of reaching speeds up to 45 km/hour, the so-called ‘speed pedelec’, dominates the sales statistics of best-selling mopeds in Belgium with seven out of ten. The speed pedelecs from Swiss Stromer and German Riese und Müller, though quite pricy and often above 5.000 euros, are number one and two.
The figures for the first half of 2019 come from the Belgian federation of importers of cars and two-wheelers, Febiac. They noticed an increase of registrations of class B (45 km/h) mopeds of 78,8%.
Speed pedelecs becoming popular for commuting are the main driving force. Also, the electric scooter, with Chinese NIU lonely at the top, is booming. Febiac states that mainly people in their thirties are buying these bikes, if not ‘given’ to them in a leased formula by their employers.
Mopeds used to be the ‘must-have’ with teens becoming 16 some 40 years ago. It was the ideal means to make contact with their peer group in those days. A function that has been taken over by the smartphone and social media today, Febiac assumes.
Only two classic moped brands
Only two classic brands stand firm in the top ten of moped sales in the first half of this year: Taiwanese SYM (5% share) and Italian Piaggio (4,8%).
The top three places are for the speed pedelecs from Stomer (2.498 units or 19%) and Riese and Müller (1.824 units, 13,9%) and the electric scooters from NIU (1.416 units, 10,8%). Other speed pedelec brands in the top ten are Klever (4%), Trek (2,8%), Gazelle (2,8%), QWIC (2,3%), and Flyer (2,2%).
Speed pedelecs are considered ‘class B mopeds’ by law and have to apply with the same rules to a certain extent. A helmet is mandatory, but while for mopeds with a combustion engine this has to be an approved crash helmet, for speed pedelecs a lighter bicycle helmet with protection for the temples is allowed.
Aberration in law
Another difference is the obligation for classic mopeds to be insured for civil liability, while this applies only for speed pedelecs when they can move driven by the electric motor without pedaling.
Another aberration Febiac sees is that for mopeds up to 25 km/hour a certified helmet is obligatory too, while for standard electric bicycles limited to 25 km/hour a bicycle helmet is only ‘advised’. Febiac calls upon the government to make an end to these anomalies.