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Feb 2016

NEA: China Now World’s Largest Solar PV Market, With 43.2 GW Of Installed Capacity

08 February 2016 | Posted by HLindon

NEA: China Now World’s Largest Solar PV Market, With 43.2 GW Of Installed Capacity

China now represents the largest market for solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in the world -- with a total installed capacity of 43.2 gigawatts (GW) -- according to the latest statistics from the National Energy Administration (NEA).

The new statistics echo those released by the state news agency Xinhua, revealing that the country had recently surpassed the 43 GW of capacity milestone. The news means that Germany has lost its position as the overall top market for solar PV in the world -- and very likely will never regain that distinction (particularly due to the size of the country, the competitiveness of solar power worldwide, and the huge growth in the three most populous countries in the world -- China, India, and the US).

Much of the country's aforementioned solar PV capacity was installed just last year -- 15.1 GW, to be exact -- demonstrating just how rapidly things have been changing in the market. Considering that China is the most populous country in the world currently, and also one of the most robust economically, there's still a fair bit of room for further growth -- which will very likely be demonstrated over the coming years as solar PV installation growth ramps up there.

The country's solar PV capacity has increased roughly 13-fold since just 2011. Interestingly, though, much of the country's installed capacity has remained underutilized -- with roughly 30% remaining unused in 2015 in the province of Gansu, and 26% in Xinjiang, according to the NEA. This was reportedly the result of grid constraints in the areas involved.

Following behind China, Germany currently possesses around 38.4 GW of capacity according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance -- or 39.6 GW according to the Federal Network Agency. The US is currently in third -- with around 27.8 GW of generation capacity installed.

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How Many Electric Motorcycles & Scooters To Be Sold By 2023?

29 August 2014 | Posted by Zachary

How Many Electric Motorcycles & Scooters To Be Sold By 2023?

Navigant Research thinks it has the answer, and it thinks the answer is 55 million.

Harley Davidson recently announced that it was producing an electric motorcycle. Cleantech research firm Navigant Research thinks this will spur more electric motorcycle models and more sales.

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Higher upfront prices limit electric motorcycle and scooter sales. However, manufacturers of electric motorcycles and scooters have had good sucsess selling to fleets, and there's still a lot of room for growth in that niche market.

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I think it's actually a hard market to predict. Motorcycles and scooters are still such niche vehicles in much of the world, but they have great appeal and quiet, clean electric motorcycles and scooters could have even more appeal. I've actually considered these after not having any interest in such vehicles before.

Navigant projects that 55 million electric motorcycles and scooters will be sold between 2014 and 2023. We'll see.

1st image by Zero Motorcycles, 2nd and 3rd by Brammo

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How Many Electric Motorcycles & Scooters To Be Sold By 2023?

29 Aug 2014 | Posted by Zachary

Navigant Research thinks it has the answer, and it thinks the answer is 55 million.

Harley Davidson recently announced that it was producing an electric motorcycle. Cleantech research firm Navigant Research thinks this will spur more electric motorcycle models and more sales.

Furthermore, it sees a growing trend in two-wheeled vehicle sales. "Driven by rising gasoline prices and increasingly congested city streets, more consumers are starting to turn to two-wheel vehicles, including electric motorcycles (e-motorcycles) and electric scooters (e-scooters)," Navigant writes in the summary of a new report it has put out. "Although this market remains heavily concentrated in China, which accounts for 98 percent of worldwide sales, growth is expected to occur across many regions, particularly after 2015."

Higher upfront prices limit electric motorcycle and scooter sales. However, manufacturers of electric motorcycles and scooters have had good sucsess selling to fleets, and there's still a lot of room for growth in that niche market.

Brammo electric motorcycle police

Brammo electric motorcycle

I think it's actually a hard market to predict. Motorcycles and scooters are still such niche vehicles in much of the world, but they have great appeal and quiet, clean electric motorcycles and scooters could have even more appeal. I've actually considered these after not having any interest in such vehicles before.

Navigant projects that 55 million electric motorcycles and scooters will be sold between 2014 and 2023. We'll see.

1st image by Zero Motorcycles, 2nd and 3rd by Brammo

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