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Bicycles: Electric Vehicles

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 293525, tabled on 2 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the take up and effectiveness of the incentives for e-cargo bikes announced on 10 September 2018.

Answered on

7 October 2019

The £2 million e-cargo bike programme was launched on 1st April 2019 and is being administered by the Energy Saving Trust. To date, 75 applications have been received worth around £240,000 (for 406 e-cargo bikes), with 69 grant offers made worth £180,000 (for 269 e-cargo bikes). This has created a significant boost for the e-cargo bike market.

To increase uptake of the scheme and to maximise early delivery of benefits, the Department recently made amendments to the eligibility criteria including increasing the maximum threshold for applications from £50,000 (50 bikes) to £200,000 (200 bikes), as well as allowing local authorities to apply for the grant to distribute locally.