Two hundred and ninety-eight motorcycles registered more in Milan and its province compared to the first five months of 2019, the last year before Covid. It seems a trifle but it is the first sign of recovery on the private mobility market in the metropolis, especially when compared with the car registry, down by 28 percent. Of course, the sector remains suffering but this plus 8 percent, equal to almost four thousand registered motorcycles, is a good omen., also given the national scenario, in which the two-wheeler as a whole scores an overwhelming and surprising 27 percent more overall than in 2019, almost mirroring the collapse of cars.
For the president of Confindustria Ancma (the national association of cycle and motorcycle accessories), Paolo Magri, there is a reason and it is connected to free spirit of two wheels: “Motorcycles are a symbol of post-Covid mobility: passion, desire for freedom and a new demand for solutions for individual travel, especially in the urban environment”. As far as Milan is concerned, the discussion on registrations, however, becomes more complex, and it is for this reason that the data concerning “traditional” motorcycles is particularly relevant.. In fact, electric scooters – which have grown at monstrous rates in the last two years – show countertrend trends, with decreases of up to 57 percent over last year, mainly due to the “youth” of the market, but also to a season of incentives ( confirmed until 2026, unlike cars) and in particular the “bubble” due to the conversion of fleets for app of sharing and home deliveries which has seen exponential growth in the last two years, and especially in 2020 year Covid, with the explosion of home deliveries caused by the lockdown.
«The Milanese dynamics are anomalous – explains the head of the motorcycle sector of Ancma Michele Moretti – and shows a “rebound effect” due to the orders of the apps (the data of May last year, for example, is in fact conditioned by a maxi-order of 800 vehicles, ed) but also to an already very positive year as 2019 had been. In general, however – continues Moretti – the results of the two wheels should be emphasized, surprising compared to those of four wheels, even more so in light of the problems of supplying components and finished products, which affected the entire international market due to Covid, and not just the car market. The operators themselves were amazed by such good performances, which cannot be predicted to this extent ».
The ‘green turn’ effect also affects motorcycles less than cars. So, if electric is the only category of cars on the rise – tripled in Milan (plus 176 per cent between 2019 and 2020) and in Lombardy (plus 228 per cent) with the race to buy last summer after the lockdown – motorcycles, even with thermal engines, remain a purchase considered more sustainable by customers “because they drastically reduce travel times compared to cars and therefore also polluting emissions”. “In addition – concludes Moretti – the two-wheeler market is less subject to traffic restrictions that are gradually introduced especially at urban level such as pedestrian areas or restricted traffic areas and those who buy are less afraid to spend to invest in these types of vehicles versus cars “. The still very high costs for an electric motorcycle and the infrastructure network also affect the good “thermal” results. In Milan there are 300 charging stations: one tenth, for example, compared to Amsterdam.
About fleets in sharing, to record the arrival of another micro-mobility operator: Swapfiets, already active with the subscription bike rental, which expands its offer with the E-scoot.
June 4, 2021 | 07:29
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