Taiwan transformed successfully to e-bikes as it is ‘electrifying’ rapidly. This is reflected in Eurostat data indicating that the EU import of made in Taiwan e-bikes is accelerating
Anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties The on 17 January 2019 imposed anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on e-bikes imported from China apply to all kinds of electric bicycles; from entry-level to high-end ones as well as for regular 250 Watt models and speed pedelecs. The European Commission instigated company specific dumping duties that vary from 73.4 percent for the Bodo Vehicle Group, 24.6 percent for Giant Electric Vehicle to 33.4 percent for the majority of Chinese e-bike exporters.
The position of Taiwan and Vietnam
What the latest Eurostat data also makes clear is that Taiwan and Taiwan based companies operating in Vietnam (like A&J) are stepping in to take-over China’s role as EU biggest e-bike supplier. Whether the companies involved in this take-over are with that responding to what the 2018 Taipei Cycle Forum was all about, remains for now unclear. But fact is that this Forum pointed exactly to the transition to e-bikes that’s now happening at Taiwan’s bike industry.
In the first nine months of 2019 about 289,000 e-bikes were imported from Taiwan; up 89 percent on the 2018 total for the same period. From Vietnam about 127,000 units were imported. When the imports from the two countries are added together, the total stands at 416,000 e-bikes. That is more than half of the total that was imported from China in 2018.