In the first year of the pandemic, electric bikes were part of a US boom in outdoor goods: Americans bought fire pits, coolers, camper vans, chicken coops and just about anything else that would help them to pass the time in open air. But when life started returning to normal, so too did most of the outdoor industry — except demand for e-bikes continued to climb.
According to data from NPD Group, which tracks sales at bike shops, outdoor stores and other retailers, the US e-bike market more than doubled between 2019 and 2020, and grew by another 40% the following year. In the first nine months of 2022, e-bike sales were up 16% over the same period last year as Americans continued to discover what riders in Europe and Asia have long known: E-bikes are not just for breezy weekend rides. From commutes to grocery-store runs to school drop-offs, they’re great for a variety of everyday short trips that might otherwise be taken in a car. E-bikes get the job done — and make it feel like recreation.