The use of electric bikes (e-bikes) is growing quickly in numerous countries. In Europe, the amount of e-bikes sold has shifted from 98,000 in 2006 to 854,000 in 2012. In France, e-bikes are also gaining popularity, with 56,000 units sold in 2013, i.e. a 22% increase compared to 2012, but they remain much more restricted than they are in Germany and the Netherlands, which make up for two thirds of the European market
Why set up a user panel ?
Despite the market’s booming, little data is yet available on e-bike users, the way e-bikes are used and their impact on individual mobility. In order to help filling this gap, 6t-bureau de recherche conducted an online survey of 400 e-bike users in Europe. 100 e-bike users were surveyed in each of the 4 following countries: France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Results underline that e-bikes are a new metropolitan transport mode.
With an average speed of 19 kph (11.8 mph), and an average trip range of 9 km (6mi), e-bikes are probably the fastest transport mode in urban zones subjected to traffic congestion.
source:6t-bureau de recherche, 2014