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Searches for e-scooters rise 242% in five years, Audit Lab data shows

E-scooters, e-bikes and electric motorcycles have all seen a rise in Google searches over the last five years, according to data released by The Audit Lab.

The research, commissioned by motorbike finance company Superbike Loans, looked at Google search trends over the last five years to see how interest had changed.

With recent reports that the sale of second-hand electric vehicles increased by 81.8% over the last few months, Superbike Loans wanted to see how the two-wheeled electric vehicle market had been faring.

E-scooters saw the largest increase in interest with a rise of 242% from the same period five years ago.

Dan Frodsham, sales director at Superbike Loans, said: “Companies such as Lime ,have become hugely popular – a big indicator of the success of these products.

“But of course there are plenty of other options which will have helped boost this figure.

“Thanks to the low running costs of sit-on electric scooters, they’re an ever-popular option for those with short commutes, allowing for speedy travels without breaking the bank on fuel costs.”

E-bikes saw an increase in searches of 96%. This sector is one of the strongest in terms of sales in the UK and Europe due to the diversity of products that fall under the category.

This includes commuter bikes, performance e-MTB, road and gravel.

On electric motorcycles, there was an 80% increase in searches since 2018.

This is largely due to many manufacturers breaking into the electric market such as Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and KTM.

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Frodsham added: “ There are still plenty of both business and customers who are yet to be convinced, but with the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel bikes just over 10 years away, we can expect to see the amount of interest in the electric variants exponentially increase the closer we get.

“It’s clear that it’s not just the use of electric cars that is becoming more popular, but electric vehicles in general as people try to live greener, save money, and become more future-focused. We can’t wait to see the innovations that come from the market in the next few years that make electric vehicles the new norm.”

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