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Speed pedelecs numbers in the Netherlands double in 3 years

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The number of speed pedelec registrations in the Netherlands has been growing in the first 6 months of 2020. Compared to 3 years ago, this number has doubled.

The number of speed pedelecs is growing in the Netherlands. On 1 July 2020, a total fleet of 21,100 vehicles are on the Dutch roads. Compared to 1 July 2019, this is a growth of around 23% (17,200) – and the number has doubled compared to three years ago on 1 July 2017. A total of 3,300 pieces have been purchased (new and second hand) In the first 6 months of 2020, a total of both new and second-hand speed pedelecs were purchased. According to CBS, COVID-19 has had no impact on the sales.

Month20192020
Jan286479
Feb285458
Mar411463
Apr481557
May554601
Jun556701
Sources: CBS, RDW.

On 1 July 2020, the biggest group of speed pedelec owners were private owners (1). They own more than 19,500 speed pedelecs, or 92.4% of the total. The remaining speed pedelecs are registered on behalf of businesses, 1,600 in total. The ratio between privately and business owned speed pedelecs hasn’t changed much since 1 July 2017.

Private owners of speed pedelecs were on average 51.5 years old on 1 July 2020. Some 66% are in between 45 and 65 years old.

Groups of ageNumber of speed pedelecs
16 until 351,310
35 until 453,497
45 until 556,482
55 until 656,535
65 until 751,530
>75179
Sources: CBS, RDW.

On average the owners of speed pedelecs are younger compared to electric cycle owners (2). For the latter, most owners are found in the group of 65 to 75 years old.

As a final remark, most of the speed pedelecs are registered in counties that have a relatively low urban density or in towns.

Notes

  • = private owners are considered individuals, companies of 1 person, cooperatives/partnerships.
  • =  electric cycle of 250W 25 km/h

Source: Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics.

Photo by Klever Mobility

Daan van Dieren

Daan is a policy officer for LEVA-EU

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