We are not selling many electric cars with the ACT Sustainable Household Scheme, but we are selling a lot of electric bicycles WITHOUT it. Better cycle infrastructure would permit bicycle use for transport, especially for commuting to work, university, or school. Only 49 EVs were purchased in 2021-22 as a result of this scheme, compared to 54,000 electric bikes in Oz. Data from the Sustainable Household Scheme was released by the ACT Government in late June 2022.
Electric mountain bikes are remarkable. They provide remarkable performance and demand nothing more than average fitness from the rider. The experience riding electric bikes is extraordinary as the rider can be ordinary.
1.4 Million electric bikes were sold in Germany in 2019. Germany is rather good at gathering data on bike sales. The data is collected by the German industry association ‘Zweirad-Industriep-Verband’ (ZIV).
The Canberra bike stores are fewer, bigger and more competitive. They will usually price match. Bike stores just want the sale. Kids grow fast, and once an enthusiastic cyclist, then always a cyclist. They know you will be back. Pricing for kids bikes starts from $200 and goes up to about $500.
“Expensive” is a relative expression. We will go to the same effort to get a 5% discount whether products costs $100 or $10,000. We much prefer to have a $5 discount for cash than pay $5 more to use the credit card. Electric bikes are comparatively cheap and we are beginning to notice.