Wherever you go in Germany you will see more and more e-bikes and pedelecs on the streets – twenty percent more, to be exact. The Federal Statistical Office says that at the start of 2021 Germany’s households owned 7.1 million e-bikes, compared with 5.9 million at the start of 2020.
One in eight German households, or 5.1 million, had at least one e-bike. That was compared to 4.3 million the previous year. The average price of an e-bike in the country in 2020 was EUR 1279, substantially more than it had been in previous years, according to statistics by cycling industry organization ZIV.
The organization also says that e-bike sales were up 9.1 percent in the first half of 2021 – despite shortages in raw materials and supply-chain disruptions.
“The companies in the German bicycle industry defied the problems with supply chains and produced more than before corona,” said ZIV Managing Director Burkhard Stork in a statement. “The companies concentrated primarily on the production of e-bikes since they are in the greatest demand at the moment.”
Changing transportation habits amidst the coronavirus pandemic are one factor driving the trend.
“Especially in cities, the corona crisis led many people to rethink their mobility options,” Bosch eBike Systems Managing Director Claus Fleischer told the website pedelec-elektro-fahrrad.de.
And the trend looks set to continue independently of how the pandemic develops. In a representative survey carried out by the Society for Comsumer Research (GfK) for Bosch, 64 percent of respondents said that expected the importance of e-bikes in urban transportation to increase in the coming five years.
57 percent called for the improvement of cycling infrastructures, and 34 percent said they would use their two-wheelers more often if there were more cycle paths and lanes.