The number of private households with at least one e-bike has almost tripled in the past five years, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Monday. At the beginning of this year there was at least one e-bike in 4.3 million households in this country – at the beginning of 2015 there were still 1.5 million households.
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There is at least one e-bike in 11.4 percent of German households. 65.6 percent had exactly one electric bike, 33.1 percent two. A good one percent of households owned three or more electric bicycles. The Federal Office understands electric bicycles or e-bikes to be “any form of bicycles with a supporting electric motor drive (including pedelecs)”.
Especially among the elderly according to the Federal Statistical Office E-bikes popular. Households with the main breadwinner between the ages of 65 and 69 owned electric bicycles the most (16 percent). Among households with main wage earners between 55 and 64 years of age and between 70 and 79 years of age it was a good 14 percent. In contrast, it was only 9 percent in households with a main breadwinner between 45 and 55 years of age.
At the beginning of 2020, a total of around 29.9 million households owned bicycles or electric bicycles, that is 78.8 percent of all households. E-bikes have been driving the bicycle industry for years, sometimes with double-digit sales growth. In the Corona crisis, which gave the cycling industry a lot of momentum, electric bikes sold well again. Their sales rose in the first half of the year by more than 15 percent compared to the same period last year, the two-wheeled industry association (ZIV) recently reported.
The data is based on the current economic calculations (LWR) 2020. Results for households whose regular monthly net income is 18,000 euros and more are not taken into account, as they do not or too little in the survey. Self-employed households are also not included.