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European subsidies available in Europe to facilitate your e-bike purchase
Every rebellion needs its allies and by joining the 50Rebels club, you can benefit from the help of many European cities and regions in order for you to buy your electric bike.
We know that buying an e-bike is the first step to help change the future, make it greener and cleaner, protect your health and the environment. In order to do so, we wanted to assist you the best we could for you to find out what kind of aid is available in your area. So we set up a list of links where you can find all the different conditions and subsidy amounts that would best suit your needs and profile and facilitate the process for you to buy an e-bike and start the revolution !
You may find below a list of links to different programs that can help you get your own e-bike subsidy. We would also like to inform you that though 50Rebels is part of the 2020 PT Program, we are not officially partners with any of the offerings listed here. This page is mainly informative and for you to know what kind of help is available out there but we cannot guarantee that they will be made available for you at the end.
We also recommend that in any case of doubt, you reach out directly to the program itself or do your own research to see if some other help is now available in your country or via your local government.
As Austrian e-bike sales crack the 200,000 units barrier for the first time, the government is increasing purchase premiums and subsidies for charging infrastructure, zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
“The subsidy rates for electric two-wheelers, including e-bikes will also be increased for private individuals from 400 to 850 euros for electric bicycles.” as stated in this article.
“The purchase of at least five electric bicycles will also be supported for companies, municipalities and associations. The VAT rate for bicycle repair services was also already reduced from 20 to 10 percent at the beginning of the year”, as stated here.
As part of the promotion of sustainable mobility, the Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport also focuses on the importance of cyclists, including coordination, information and awareness-raising on federal policy related to bicycle travel.
Depending on your region, you can benefit from lump-sum compensation as well as taxes advantages and a bonus for the purchase of a bicycle, between 20 to 40% of the purchase price including VAT (40% for unemployed citizens) with ceilings depending on the type of bike. You can find more information about it here and here.
French residents can benefit both from local and national help. Some conditions are needed and they are all listed here but if you want to buy a new e-bike that doesn’t contain a lead acid battery you should be able to accumulate both bonuses (up to 500 euros in total). The state's ecological bonus can be paid in addition to people with modest incomes, up to a limit of 200 euros.
In concrete terms this means: you must first benefit from a local aid for the purchase of a VAE to also receive the ecological bonus. The national aid does not replace the local aid, but completes it to allow the beneficiaries to obtain a more interesting amount. You can find more details about this offer here.
You can find more info regarding the subsidies help you can get depending of your region, on the following blog: Velobecane.
Despite Germans being huge aficionados of bikes, the current status for subsidies from the government varies depending on which federated states you live in.
We would recommend you to check your city hall or regional office as well as their website before purchasing your e-bike to make sure that there aren’t any new programs or current grants allocated to this. You could also check with your employer in case they offer a discount on bike purchase for commuting or benefits from a leasing program.
Munich : businesses, freelancers and non-profit organizations can get a 25% refund of the acquisition price (max 500 euros).
Stuttgart : swapping your motorcycle for an e-bike can grant you up to 600 euros.
Tübingen : depending on several factors, e-bike owners can get a bonus or a 100 euros grant.
Regensburg : businesses, freelancers and non-profit organizations can get a 25% refund of the acquisition price (max 600 euros).
Because electric bikes can transform both our cities and our lives, the UK Government has agreed upon a Cycle to Work scheme, which allocates employees to buy an e-bike at a discount, provided that it is used for commuting to work.
This scheme is available only to those in work, whose employer registers with the scheme, and whose main use is for daily travel to their workplace. It is not available to those who are self-employed, mature students, job-seekers or to retired people; it also excludes people new to cycling, or who do not wish to go to work by bike, as we can see here.
English customers should be prepared for an update during the summer though, as stated in this article from The Guardian. Of course, depending on your region, benefits can vary for you to purchase an e-bike, you can find more info regarding Scotland and their e-bike loan here as well as the Irish tax assistance here.
The italian government is fighting for a greener way of commuting and is looking into changing traffic laws to enable local authorities to create cycling paths more easily and allocating a bike bonus up to 500 euros in subsidies for purchasing an e-bike. A cleaner and safer way to commute, especially during COVID time.
This bonus should be given to all Italian municipalities that have more than 50,000 inhabitants : Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Genoa, Messina, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Reggio Calabria, Rome Capital, Turin, Venice and Florence. You can get more information, right here !
To encourage citizens to opt on for electromobility, the government decided to strengthen the bonus system for electric vehicles and bikes. You can now request a subsidy for a new electric bike and the bonus should be calculated at 50% of the bicycle’s cost, minus VAT, but no more than 600 euros, and no more than 300 euros if you purchased your bike between January 1st of 2019 and May 10th of 2020.
Of course, you can find more information regarding the conditions of obtaining such a bonus following this link, right here.
The Maltese government is doubling down for a changeover to cleaner vehicles and will allocate 3.5 millions euros in subsidies for anyone who de-registers and scraps their old combustion engines for electric vehicles, including electric bikes.
A total of four new programs have been launched to promote clean mobility and apply retroactively to vehicles purchased from January 2020. A grant of 400 euros for the purchase of a new pedelec and electric moped should be available for everyone, as stated here.
Despite 36% of the population in the Netherlands listing bikes as their favorite and most common way of getting around for their everyday life, there is currently no national level subsidy for the purchase of electric bikes. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you cannot benefit from one on a local level, or get a mileage allowance for cyclists !
For example, the city of Utrecht offers two different types of subsidy schemes : one grant of 1000 euros per vehicle for companies that purchase speed pedelecs for employees who live at least 10 km away from their workplace and another grant of 1500€ for the leasing or 1000€ for the purchase of speed pedelecs or electric cargo bikes by companies or organisations for their daily business use (at least 3000 km per year, excluding travel from home to the workplace by employees).
If Portuguese don’t already like e-bikes, they will ! Portuguese people can now receive up to 350 euros (instead of 250 euros in 2019) to buy an electric bicycle. The subsidy will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis and the state will support the purchase of 1000 e-bikes.
Some local councils are also stepping up, as we can see that in Lisbon where residents can get up to 500 euros when they buy their new electric bike under some certain conditions.
The Spanish government is offering subsidies for electric bikes in an effort to cut out carbon emissions in line with the EU’s 2020 goals and to improve the health of citizens.
Spanish citizens can also benefits from local aids in Valencia (up to 250 euros for an electrike bike, the amount of the electric bike cannot exceed 1400 euros) and in Madrid (up to 500 euros for electric bicycles)
Since 2010 the Canton of Geneva has been reimbursing its residents 250 CHF when they buy an electric bike. Although this subsidy has been in effect for a long time, if you’re new to Geneva you might now know about it. This aid is distributed by the commune and in many cases communes match or double the subsidy.
In Lausanne, you can get 15% of the price of the e-bike up to a maximum of 400 Chf back and up to 800 Chf for people under 25 years old and for people receiving a health insurance subsidy thanks to the Equiwatt center.