Asia Pacific Electric Motorcycles & Scooters Market size exceeded USD 31.5 billion in 2019 and is expected to witness over 3.5% CAGR from 2020 to 2026.
The growing concerns related to environmental pollution due to ICE engine emissions are advocating the adoption of electric vehicles in Asia Pacific. Countries including India, China, and Japan are witnessing a rapid growth in air pollution due to the growing population and rapid urbanization.
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Positive outlook of the EV industry in China will drive the demand for electric two wheelers. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has planned to deploy over 400 million on-road electric two-wheelers until 2030 and China is projected to contribute 70% of the overall sales. The presence of large & small-scale manufacturers including Mac International, Evoke Motorcycles, Sunra, Bafang, and Guewer has enhanced the product availability and is projected to propel the industry growth.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the economic activities in the Asia Pacific region on a large-scale. A huge loss of life coupled with rapidly increasing number of infected patients led to a total shutdown of manufacturing and production facilities during the first six months in 2020. Other factors such as disruptions in supply chain and low purchasing power of consumers due to high financial insecurities hindered the market growth. However, the market for electric motorcycles and scooters in China will witness a rapid growth, supported by government policies and charging infrastructure development.
Lightweight e-scooters with low operating and maintenance costs will drive the market share of electric two-wheelers in Asia Pacific. The integration of Bluetooth and GPS functionality with these electric scooters & motorcycles is propelling their demand in the market. The emergence of smart connected electric scooters with multiple functionalities will proliferate the adoption of e-scooters in the market. Availability of several electric scooters with lucrative financial assistance from market players will increase the penetration of electric scooters in price-sensitive Asian markets.
Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) and Lithium ion (Li-ion) are among the key battery types deployed in electric motorcycles & scoters. Li-ion batteries are expected to observe high adoption in technologically advanced electric two-wheelers due to their high performance and compact size. These batteries assist in significantly lowering the vehicle weight, enhancing the overall performance. Innovations in alternative materials for battery core to further reduce the vehicle weight are one of the key trends witnessed by the industry.
Key industry participants include Harley Davidson, Energica Motor Company S.p.A, Z Electric Vehicle, Ampere Vehicles, Suzuki Motors Corporation, Lightning Motorcycles, Govecs Group, BMW, KTM, CAKE 0 Emission AB, Mahindra GenZe, Honda Motors, Hero Eco, and Zero Motorcycles.
These companies are focusing on entering unserved markets in Asia Pacific with their electric motorcycles and scooter models. For instance, in April 2019, Evoke Motorcycles announced its plans to enter the Indian market with its Urban S and Urban Classic motorcycle models. The company is also planning to establish its design center and production hub in India over the coming years.