Electric bicycles have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years, with almost every other bicycle sold in Germany now equipped with a motor. The number of e-bikes sold reached 2.2 million in 2022, which is a significant increase of ten percent from the previous year. This trend has significantly boosted local and regional production, with many buyers opting for e-bikes over non-motorized options.
The ZIV bicycle industry association collected data on the German market, revealing that electrically assisted mountain bikes accounted for the most prominent share of the e-bike market at around 38 percent. In contrast, the production of bicycles without a motor remained stable. The number of e-bikes from Germany alone increased by almost 20 percent in 2022.
Electric trekking bikes were among the few categories that experienced a slight drop of four percent in sales. Meanwhile, e-cargo bikes and electric gravel bikes have seen a rapid increase in popularity in recent years, although the latter remains less popular in terms of absolute numbers.
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Overall, it seems that e-bikes have become the most popular option for buyers, with few types of bicycles remaining without a motor. Even children’s bikes are now available with electric assistance, reflecting the increasing demand for e-bikes across all age groups.