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  1. The Netherlands has nearly 5 million e-bikes

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    The Netherlands currently has 4.9 million e-bikes. Together, these e-bikes have a market value of €9.5 billion. The electric city bike has the largest share in this.

    Source: Fietsberaad

    This is apparent from the E-bike Monitor, a study by Multiscope among more than 3,200 Dutch people. (Multiscope reports some summary results from that research, for the other figures one has to purchase the report.)

    One in three Dutch people owns one or more e-bikes. This amounts to 4.6 million Dutch people who together own more than 4.9 million e-bikes.

    According to Multiscope, there is a clear profile for the electric cyclist: owners are often older than fifty and have an average, to twice-the-average, income.

    The total e-bike market was worth €9.5 billion in 2021. (Not attributable to a specific period, but based on the total number of e-bikes in the Netherlands.) A year earlier, this value was €8.4 billion. The market value has therefore increased by €1.1 billion.

    Electric city bike achieves the largest share of turnover (75%). Hybrid bicycles also have a large share at 17%. Speed ​​pedelecs (2%), cargo bikes (2%), mountain bikes (2%), folding bikes (1%) and tricycles (1%).

    In addition, more and more e-bikes are being leased. In most cases, the e-bike is privately owned (96%). The remaining 4% is leased through the employer, your own company or through private lease. In total this amounts to about 200,000 e-bikes. In 2020, 2% of e-bikes were leased. So there is an increase of 2 percentage points.

  2. Ebike sales outstrip Electric and Plug-in Hybrid cars in the USA

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    Source: Electrek

    It is well established that the coronavirus pandemic has spurred increased ebike sales around the world. People are looking not only for more socially distanced ways to get around, but are also seeking healthier transport alternatives. With rising concern for our environment, ebikes are more appealing than ever.

    The numbers released by the Light Electric Vehicle Association in the USA, vividly reflect the rising interest in electric bikes. Despite supply chain and logistic challenges, the USA recorded 790,000 electric bike imports in 2021, a substantial 70% increase on the 463,000 imports in 2020.

    By comparison, sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids came to 652,000 units in 2021, according to BloombergNEF.

    While it is an extremely promising trend, it is worth noting that ebike adoption figures in Europe have outpaced cars for a few years now, and indeed are on track to overtake sales of all cars. Estimated sales for ebikes in Europe are around 3 million units, while in Asia it is more like 35 million.

    There are many benefits that come from increasing ebike use, be it individual fitness, mental health, fuel cost savings, reduced carbon footprint, less air and noise pollution and so on. But the same can be said for non-electric bicycle use. Yet sales of traditional bikes have not seen anything like the same kind of growth. It is reasoned that this is down to the increased comfort gained from electric assist, meaning that you can still enjoy the positive impact on your wellbeing, without arriving sweaty or worn out. Ebikes are taking off for leisure purposes too, allowing people to go further and faster in the pursuit of fun.

  3. Report by UK Government reveals e-bike statistics

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    Numbers suggest lower uptake, high awareness

    Source: Cycling Industry News

    While 92% of British people are yet to try an electric bike, 75% have some knowledge of what the system can offer. Generally, those living in rural areas or within higher-income households had a higher level of uptake and knowledge surrounding e-bikes. In contrast, those in urban areas, lower-income households, or ethnic minority groups reported a lower figure in both of these measures.

    In particular, respondents recognized the potential of e-Bikes to aid those with mobility issues, as well as their green footprint in comparison to driving.

    The UK to follow in Europe’s footsteps?

    The low level of e-Bike usage within the UK should however not be seen as disheartening; it is typical for the country to trail behind European trends. The slow uptake may also be attributed to the perceived high price of e-Bikes, with 59% of respondents believing the technology to be too expensive. A direct subsidy on e-Bikes, as called for by 32% of bike shops, may offer a solution to this issue.

    The second highest concern is related to the risk of theft; an issue unrelated to e-Bikes themselves but rather the lack of parking infrastructure seen within the UK. Those in younger age categories are particularly worried that permanent storage may be an issue.

    Overall public perception of e-Bikes is positive, with a lower proportion of people (56%) identifying drawbacks than those who could name perks (80%).

    Further findings can be found in the downloadable report, here.

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