Sales of electric two-wheelers are up sharply in France, even before the start of new incentive programs.
In the first 8 months of 2016, sales of over 50cc-equivalent electric two-wheelers were up 60% compared to the previous year, for a total of 580 units (source: CSIAM). The best seller is still the BMW C-evolution, with 451 sales. For the first seven months of 2016, Zero sold 69 electric motorcycles, up 200%. In the same time, sales of the Eccity Artelec, the French 125cc-equivalent electric scooter, increased by 275% to 45 units. (Source: l’Officiel du Cycle) Detailed sales of electric motorcycles by KTM, Victory/Brammo and Electric Motion were not available.
If it looks like 2016 will be a record year for sales of electric bikes in France, the year 2017 will probably even be better. Starting on January 1st, the French government will introduce its incentive program for electric two-wheelers: it will pay 25% of the price of the vehicle, up to a maximum of €1,000. Which means that any Zero motorcycle will become €1,000 cheaper, and a €3,000 electric scooter will become 750€ cheaper.
Furthermore, the city of Paris has its own incentive program for electric bicycles and under 50cc-equivalent scooters: 33% of the price, up to €400. Paris also just started another temporary incentive programs for electric two-wheelers: if you turn in a gas-powered bike or scooter bought before May 31, 2000, you get another 25% bonus, up to €1,000. This program is however limited to 1,000 vehicles.
So France is becoming a good testing ground for various incentives plans and their effect on the sales of electric two-wheelers!