Sales are still booming for bicycles, e-bikes and green cars

A contrasting picture of how Italians move around. The data emerges from the 18th Audimob Report on the mobility of Italians, edited by Isfort in collaboration with CNEL and with scientific contributions from the Mims Technical Mission Structure, Agens and Asstra. The portrait painted by the study shows citizens who love e-bikes but snub public transport. Moreover, the car fleet is too old and the car is regaining its place in the habits of citizens, returning to congest roads and motorways. The dossier shows that there are still over 12 million polluting vehicles on the road that do not exceed the Euro 3 class (30% of the total). The survey, which takes into account all the restrictions on mobility introduced by decree and the increasing use of smart working, records some positive trends. The fleet of electric vehicles is undoubtedly growing stronger: in June 2021 there were more than 83,463 cars (+57% compared to the end of 2020, +267.2% compared to 2019); 18,635 mopeds (+12.3% compared to 2020); 12,471 scooters and motorbikes (+32.7%) and 8,352 quadricycles (+18.2%).Purchases of hybrid cars, since last February, are higher than those of diesel cars. This means that Italy is on the podium in Europe, but there is still a delay in the sale of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and pure electric cars (BEVs). Then there is the boom in cycling. Many of our fellow countrymen continue to choose the ecological means of transport par excellence: the bicycle. According to Ancma data, over 2 million bikes were sold in Italy in 2020, of which 280 thousand e-bikes (14% of the total, they were just 3.5% in 2015), or 17% more than in 2019 (+14% traditional bikes and +44% electric bikes). And in the first six months of 2021, 157,000 e-bikes have already been sold (+12% compared to the same period in 2020). There is also an increasing use of micro-mobility vehicles, such as electric scooters, both in terms of rental and purchase.