E-bike demand set to soar post-pandemic, claims analysis
Based on a nationwide survey of UK adults by UK-based electrical bike producer, VOLT, the will to buy an e-bike has considerably risen, with round one fifth (18%) of the UK suggesting they’re extra more likely to buy an e-bike in comparison with earlier than the pandemic.
The analysis additionally confirmed a shift from public to non-public journey modes post-pandemic – with commuters suggesting that, on common, they’re 39% much less probably to make use of public transport (bus/practice/underground) than they had been earlier than the pandemic, and 30% extra probably to make use of solo transport (e-bikes/scooters/bikes/automobile/
After a yr of enforced social distancing, it isn’t stunning that travellers will look to place a distance between themselves and fellow commuters, whereas additionally maximising time spent outdoor exploring – one thing that biking, and particularly e-biking, is ideal for.
The most important transformation in direction of e-bikes and sustainable private transport has occurred in London, the place just below half (44%) of respondents mentioned that they had been extra probably to purchase an e-bike for private transport than they had been pre-pandemic. This variation in attitudes was mirrored in Northern Eire, the place 25% mentioned they had been extra probably to purchase an e-bike and in Scotland, the place one in 5 expressed an curiosity in buying one.
Says James Metcalfe, Founder and CEO of VOLT:
“This analysis displays what we’ve got seen each day amongst our prospects. Now we have been manufacturing e-bikes for over a decade and grown regularly all through that point, however nothing can evaluate to the acceleration the business skilled in 2020.
“Earlier than the pandemic, city transport was at a disaster level. Disgruntled commuters both sat in visitors for hours or paid by way of the nostril for trains that both ran late or by no means. The pandemic provoked a tough reset. As individuals look to return to the workplace, it’s important that we capitalise on this momentum by creating the infrastructure to assist these new swathes of riders and to solidify e-bikes place as the way forward for transport.
“It is usually crucial that the Authorities does all it could to dissuade these scared of public transport from hitting the roads in vehicles. The setting has dramatically benefitted from fewer automobile journeys in the course of the pandemic, and we encourage everybody about to embark on a journey of 5 miles or much less to look to an e-bike over a automobile.”
Different key findings embrace:
- 41% of respondents mentioned they’re much less more likely to take the practice or underground to work
- Males are extra probably than girls to purchase an e-bike post-pandemic, albeit by a reasonably small margin (22% and 14% respectively)
- Practically half of current e-bike house owners (48%) mentioned that they plan to make use of their e-bike extra usually post-pandemic