E-bikes also sold excellently during the Corona crisis. Pedelecs are particularly popular with older people.

E-bikes are becoming more and more popular.

EElectric bicycles are becoming increasingly popular in Germany. The number of private households that own at least one e-bike has almost tripled in the past five years, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Monday. Accordingly, 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. This means that there is at least one e-bike in around every ninth household in Germany (11.4 percent). Almost two thirds (65.6 percent) had exactly one electric bike, almost one third (33.1 percent) had two. A good one percent of households owned three or more electric bicycles.

According to the Wiesbaden statisticians, e-bikes are particularly popular with older people. Households with the main breadwinner between 65 and 69 years of age owned electric bicycles the most, at 16 percent. In households with main breadwinners between 55 and 64 years of age and between 70 and 79 years of age, the figure 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.

E-bikes have been driving the bicycle industry for years, sometimes with double-digit growth rates in sales. 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.