Huge expansion in grants for ecargo bikes
Businesses in the UK can take advantage of a major increase in grants available to buy ecargo bikes as part of a government initiative to cut congestion and improve air quality.
The electric two and three-wheeler vehicles are being adopted by a wide range of businesses, and not just delivery fleets.
Quadrupling of grants
The expansion of the programme means businesses can apply for up to 200 grants of £1,000 (€1,100) per new ecargo bike, four times more than the previous limit of 50 grants.
The grants are funded by a £2m Department for Transport scheme and delivered by the Energy Saving Trust – 50 businesses have already received funding for ecargo bikes, which must have a minimum 125-litre cargo volume capacity and a minimum 130 kg weight capacity (combined rider and cargo weight).
Tim Anderson, senior programme manager at Energy Saving Trust, welcomed the ‘significant interest’ in the eCargo Bike Grant Fund, which enables businesses to apply for grant funds of up to 20% of the cost of a new ecargo bike up to the value of £1,000 per bike.
Grants for up to 200 ecargo bikes per business
“This increase means that a possible 200 ecargo bikes per organisation can now be secured, to support larger organisations implementing sustainable last mile delivery and goods transport solutions. Benefits to the adoption of ecargo bikes include the reduction of congestion, improvement of air quality in our towns and cities, with the addition of savings to operating costs,” said Anderson.
Electricians use ecargo bikes
One of the earliest adopters of the grant is a firm of electrical engineers, Mid Sussex Electrical. Company director Simon Backler said: “We are attracting attention for our business, our customers are impressed, we are saving money and improving our health. I’ve personally covered over 500 emission free miles in the first month.”