There has been a lot of talk about electric cars. Even so, sales of this type of vehicle are still tiny, and seem set to remain that way for some time. The numbers are very clear: only 597 of the 96,890 vehicles sold in Spain in January were electric cars. To put it another way, electric cars only represent 0.006% of sales today.
Although the media only seem to be interested in electric cars, there are significant changes taking place in the way we get around in our cities, especially when it comes to electric mopeds. It may be that the conflicts in the taxi sector, with the departure of Uber and the controversial –and possible temporary– return of Cabify, have spurred sharing services, especially those offering electric mopeds, to change the way we move around our cities. Barcelona, the leading European city for motorbikes, is among them.
According to data from ANESDOR (The National Association for Businesses in the Two-Wheeled Sector), 486 of the 1,597 mopeds sold in Spain in January were electric, which represents a market share of 30.4%. In other words, it is over 5,000 times the percentage of sales of electric cars. The fleets of bike-sharing services such as e-Cooltra, Yego, Scoot or Muving, which are shaking up urban mobility in Barcelona, account for the largest part of these sales.
A festival of motorbikes
JWhether electric or petrol-powered, Vive la Moto, the Barcelona Motorbike Show, is an essential date on the calendar of all two-wheel enthusiasts from 4 to 7 April. The show is organized by Fira de Barcelona and enjoys the support of ANESDOR and the principal brands in the sector, attracting 122 exhibitors, 400 makes and 50 national and international premières. The main commercial area takes up most of Palau 8 in the Montjuïc site and is supplemented with an activities area that is mostly located in Avenida Maria Cristina, with acrobatics displays, test drives with over 200 bikes to choose from, conferences, a special bike tourism zone, simulators and an exhibition of Bultaco bikes, among other things.