In the Netherlands, e-bikes are now more popular than regular bikes

In the Netherlands, e-bikes are now more popular than regular bikes

Electric bicycles have seen their popularity soar in recent years, but 2021 marked a historic year in the cycling industry, as, for the first time in the Netherlands, more e-bikes were sold than regular bicycles.

Electric bikes now more popular amongst cyclists than regular bikes

2020 was already a record-breaking year for the e-bike, as more and more Dutchies warmed to the idea of an electric bicycle. This trend continued last year, when 52 percent of all bikes sold in the Netherlands were electric - an increase of around 2 percent compared to the year before.

According to the Bicycle and Automotive Industry Association (RAI Vereniging) and the trade association BOVAG, e-bike sales now account for more than 76 percent of the total turnover from bicycle sales. 

2021 saw bicycle sales fall across the Netherlands

While producers of e-bikes will surely look back on 2021 as an extremely profitable and successful year, bike sales on the whole experienced a slight drop last year. In 2020, the number of bikes sold rose by 9 percent compared to 2019. 

In 2021, however, sales fell by almost 16 percent, from 1,1 million to 923.000, due to delivery issues and delays as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In spite of this decrease, 2021 was still the second-best year ever for Dutch bicycle sales, RAI and BOVAG report.

Victoria Séveno


Victoria Séveno

Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association...

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