Not to be outdone, Sanyo North America gave Portland Mayor Sam Adams an $2,499 Eneloop electric bicycle. Mayor Adams did not appear to be too excited to learn about the "Japanese-legal" 15mph limit, but was impressed by the bikes smooth electrical assistance after a short test ride.
Sanyo's Ennelope looks to have company as the German-Engineered Kalkhoff Electric bicycles have landed on the continent. Kalkhoff's line of high-quality electric bikes also start at $2,499 and can be ordered directly from www.kalkhoffusa.com
Fortunately for Sanyo and Kalkhoff, the market is huge according to Pike Research which predicts 466 million electric two-wheelers by 2016 in a recent study. The market is to be led by China, representing 95% of the market while electric bicycles make up 56% of the total sales.
466 Million Electric Two-Wheel Vehicles to Hit the Road by 2016 - PikeResearch.com
Electric bikes on a roll in China - BangkokPost.com
Accell's Profit Jumps 15 Percent in ‘09 - BicycleRetailer.com
Future EU Emission Rules to Become Driving Force for Bike e-bikes - Bike-EU.com