You are not alone in your search for a new e-bike. The bicycle industry is booming, picked up speed again in the Corona year 2020 and there is still no end in sight in 2021. This is made clear by the official figures from the Zweirad-Industrie-Verband (ZIV) and the Verband des Deutschen Zweiradhandel (VDZ).
- In 2020 around five million bicycles and e-bikes were sold in Germany. An increase of 16.9 percent compared to 2019!
- 1.95 million of them were e-bikes. (2019: 1.4 million)
- The average price for a newly purchased bicycle (all categories, with and without motor) was 1,279 dollars in 2020. For comparison: in 2014 this price was 528 dollars.
Just which bike with a motor? The major manufacturers introduce new e-bikes almost every day. We are filtering out the most interesting models of the year 2021 for you, you can find our selection in the gallery below. Wh at to look out for when buying an eBike can be found below.
E-bike innovations for 2021
E-bike innovations for 2021
You can find the new Ebike products for 2021 in the gallery above. One click brings you to the news.
Trend for 2021: optimize instead of revolution!
Why reinvent the wheel every year? When looking at the new products for 2021, it is noticeable that the manufacturers are optimizing their successful eBikes from previous years instead of presenting completely new models.
The Dutch manufacturer VanMoof donated about one to its VanMoof S3 optional power bankthat makes the pedelec a real long-distance rider. Well over 200 kilometers are in there! The e-bike is also working with Apple’s Where is? network. And there are other changes that only become apparent on closer inspection, like we did on ours Test drive with the VanMoof S3 have established.
The same applies to the competition from Belgium, in the form of the Cowboy C4. Looks like its predecessor, but has been fundamentally revised technically. Among other things, there is an optimized, much more powerful engine and a new cockpit with a smartphone quick-charging station. Fiido – the brand made 2020 with the cheap Fiido D11 sensation
STVO amendment: More safety for cyclists
The legislature is taking into account the trend towards two-wheelers not only by setting up so-called pop-up cycle paths, but also in its amendment to the Road Traffic Act (STVO) from last year. It came into force on April 28, 2020 and contains, among other things, the following points that are important for riding an e-bike:
- Distance when overtaking: From now on, cars must keep a distance of 1.5 meters in urban areas when overtaking cyclists or e-scooters. Out of town it is 2.0 meters.
- There may be an express, general ban on overtaking two-wheelers in narrow spaces.
- Special parking spaces are set up in some places for the large cargo bikes.
- The green arrow when turning (sign at traffic lights) now also applies to cyclists. We are planning our own sign.
- As with 30 km / h zones, there will also be bicycle zones in the future. Municipalities can only let cyclists pass here, unless a separate sign allows other road users.
What to look out for when buying a pedelec
Almost everyone today about buying it or thinking about leasing a bike, has also die E-Bikes on the screen. But do you also know what to look out for when buying a motorbike? What different concepts are there, where is the disadvantage of a front engine and which battery size makes sense? We provide answers to such questions in the following video buying guide.
In the video purchase advice we give you lots of tips on what to look out for when buying an e-bike.
Further background information on the subject of e-bikes
E-bike: prices and costs – it can also be cheap
If you want to buy an e-bike, the question inevitably arises: What does a good pedelec cost? Do you get a smart eBike in the price range up to 2,000 dollars, or do you have to invest more?
There is also the possibility with the help of E-bike kits to switch quickly from a bicycle to an eBike. You can find out in the linked article whether this is worthwhile and where there are possible pitfalls.