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German Mobility Insights

People are switching from cars to e-bikes faster than ever before. This is changing what our cities look like. We'd like to share some data about the impact VanMoof riders are making.

Why the future of mobility belongs to e-bikes

When Carl Benz received approval for his first gas-powered vehicle in 1886, nobody could have known we would find ourselves in a climate change emergency 135 years later. In Germany alone, 138.8 grams of CO2 emissions are currently emitted per kilometer driven by car. Our cities are too polluted, we need cleaner alternatives.

The revolution of sustainable mobility

Car dominated cities must become cleaner and more environmentally balanced living spaces as the population of urban areas increase. Local politicians are increasingly interested in sustainable mobility, which is now seen as a necessity. More and more roads are being converted into cycle paths. In Germany, during the pandemic, Berlin created 27 kilometers of pop-up cycle path, enabling fast and safe progress even in turbulent rush hour traffic.

The use of e-bikes versus cars

In the following section we compare e-bike rides with car rides. The results are surprising - because the average motorist has roughly the same user behavior as an e-bike rider.

Distance per ride in cities

Average distance per e-bike round trip
9,2 km
Average distance per car round trip
9.4 km
Difference avg. distance
200 m
Time per ride

Average time per e-bike ride
17m 44s
Average time per car ride
5m 46sec + 10m of delay (parking, traffic lights, jams etc.)
Difference between the average travel times
1 min 58 seconds

VanMoofs are popular all over Germany!

In Germany cycling enthusiasts have fallen in love with VanMoof e-bikes in over 200 cities - that's more than in any other country! Our riders have also saved 465.01 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the last year.


The future of mobility in Germany

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Research shows that two thirds of the total transport is commuter traffic. Only 37 percent of Germans here are multimodal - that is, two or more modes of transport are used. Most of the time, the choice is a bike or a tram. Almost half (47 percent) still use the car exclusively. Although only a small proportion of these car commuters have to travel long distances (20km or more) to get to work.

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Research shows that the average commute by car in German cities takes around 16 minutes each way, and covers a little under 10 kilometers per round trip. This is almost the same as e-bikes. The average e-bike round trip is also just under 10 kilometers and takes around 17-18 min each way in the bigger cities of Germany.

Research shows that:

  • Close to no time loss on your daily commute if you use an e-bike
  • Cars are still disproportionately polluting German cities
  • Cycling is better for your health
  • Cycling is cheaper than riding and owning a car

The Future

"E-bikes make everyone healthier. They reduce society’s reliance on cars and lower greenhouse gas emissions. They increase productivity and space in our cities. They transform commuting from the worst part of your day into the best. As we look towards a post-Covid future, they will play a central role in our green recovery."

- Taco Carlier Mobility Insights Overview

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