“It’s encouraging to see new riders turning to both electric & petrol PTWs as their transport choice.”
That’s the verdict of the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) after publishing its powered two-wheeler (PTW) registration figures for March 2022.
The figures show a ‘small yet encouraging’ increase in registrations in the first quarter of 2022 – up 3.9% against the pre-pandemic figures of 2019.
Within this, the fully electric segment again goes from strength to strength, now occupying 7% of the total market.
The MCIA says electric vehicles have been a beneficiary of recent fuel hikes – adding that it expects to see continued growth in this sector throughout the year.
However, it is not just fully electric PTWs that have enjoyed ‘significant growth’.
Adventure, custom and touring motorcycles are all seeing ‘massive growth’ as riders ‘upgrade their pride and joy to the latest bike’. The MCIA says this sector is also attracting new riders to the community both for leisure and the low cost of transport.
Tony Campbell, CEO of the MCIA, said: “To see registrations back to pre-pandemic levels is a real positive.
“Leisure riders are embracing the change in season and it’s encouraging to see new riders turning to both electric & petrol PTWs as their transport choice.
“We will continue pushing forward to remove barriers to riding, and to promote PTWs as a significant and climate friendly transport and leisure option.”
13 April 2022