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Electric-Assist Bicycle Sales Increase 15% in Germany

380,000 electric-assist bicycles are sold in Germany in 2012, marking a 15 percent increase over 2011, growing its share of the market to 10 percent of bicycle sales.

ZIV, a German industry organization, reports that electric-assist bicycle sales now represent 10 percent of sales at the close 2012. German cyclists bought a total of 380,000 e-bikes, a rise of 15% over 2011 numbers. Meanwhile, conventional bicycle sales declined 4% to 3.95 million units in the same time period, with bad weather between Easter and July being cited as a key factor in depressed sales.

ZIV reports that as a result of rising interest in e-bikes in Germany, the average price per sale has increased from €495 (US$637) in 2011 to €513 (US$660) in 2012. ZIV also credits higher demand for quality products and the greater use of bicycles for everyday mobility, in general, as contributing factors to the rising average sales price. According to Bike Europe...

"A recent study on mobility in Germany indicated that bicycle usage increased by 50% between 2002 and 2012. Today the average cyclist in Germany rides 30 kilometers every week."

E-bikes make those commutes faster and more efficient.

Posted By: Bill Moore [26-Mar-2013]