As part of the initiative to launch an environmentally friendly form of transport, France encourages motorists to swap their old car for an electric bike. The offer comes with a bonus of 4,000 euros.
The number of pollution in French cities is increasing, the country considers this to be a big problem, which is why it had the idea to remedy it. In Europe, the consumption of electric bicycles increases significantly every year. After all, cycling is one of the continent’s most famous sports.
Starting today, the French government is giving a grant of 4,000 euros to those who want to abandon the traditional transport system and use electric bicycles for a change. These incentives are for low-income people living in urban areas with low air pollutant emissions — a reference taxable income per share that is less than or equal to 13,489 euros or benefit from support for disability or invalidity. It is clear that if a person who wants to receive a subsidy whose income is higher than the ceiling, he will receive a reduced incentive corresponding to his salary.
More importantly, the ability to adapt to all-electric mobility will mainly benefit drivers who want to stop using their polluting cars. Moreover, the incentive to buy an e-bike is even higher in some cities. For example, a subsidy of 500 euros granted by the Socialist and Green Council of Paris awaits those who want to buy an electric bicycle.
Here is the aid scale
The maximum amount of the ecological bonus paid for the purchase of an e-bike is set at 40% of the purchase price of the bike within the limit of:
- 400 euros for the most modest households (whose reference tax income per unit is less than 6,300 euros) and the disabled
- 300 euros for households whose reference tax income per share is between €6,300 and €13,489
The maximum amount of bonus for the purchase of a cargo bike (or a folding bike, a bike adapted for people with disabilities – electrically assisted or not – or an electric bicycle trailer) is set at:
- 2,000 euros for the most modest households (whose reference tax income per share is less than €6,300) and the disabled
- 1,000 euros for households whose reference tax income per share is between €6,300 and €13,489
Maximum bonus amount for the purchase of a new non-electric bicycle:
- 150 euros for the most modest households (whose reference tax income per unit is less than 6,300 euros) and the disabled
The bonus request must be made on the Service and Payment Agency (ASP) website.
The maximum amount of the conversion bonus for the purchase or rental of an e-bike subject to the scrapping of an old “polluting” petrol or diesel vehicle is equal to 40% of the purchase price within the limit of:
- 3,000 euros for the most modest households (whose reference tax income per share is less than €6,300) and the disabled
- 1,500 euros for other households
The request must be made on the website of the Ministry of Energy Transition.
The rest of the world is catching up with France
France has been committed to its plan to slowly eradicate traditional cars from the roads by offering eco-friendly substitutes, in this case electric/folding bikes. In fact, the country intends to prioritize the introduction of electric bicycles at the national level to help citizens better respect the environment. In addition, the use of electric bicycles will speed up deliveries and promote the efficiency of goods delivery services.
Outside France, other countries have given incentives to citizens who want to use e-bikes instead of cars. In Belgium, a bonus of €0.25 per kilometers for people who commute to work with an electric bicycle. Other countries, including the UK and the Netherlands, have also joined the green street movement by offering incentives for residents and cyclists to use e-bikes.