Businesses and workers in British Columbia can now access new and increased rebates for electric-powered bikes.
The provincial government announced Monday people who typically depend on a vehicle for work can now trade it in for scrap to access a rebate of $1,050 toward the purchase of any type of new e-bike, representing a $200 increase over last year.
Additionally, there is a new one-year pilot project that offers a rebate of up to $1,700 for business owners toward the purchase of a cargo e-bike, with eligible businesses able to use the rebate to cover up to one-third of the purchase price and up to five cargo e-bikes.
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According to the provincial government, cargo e-bikes can be an efficient way of delivering materials and goods while also reducing operating costs for businesses. They can potentially be used to reduce large van and truck traffic and the associated emissions.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is providing $750,000 for the two e-bike rebates over two years, and the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources has allocated $750,000 to the scrap program and $2.5 million to the specialty-use vehicle incentive program.
“As more people get interested in active transportation, e-bikes are more popular than ever because they are easier for many people concerned about long commutes and hilly areas,” said George Heyman, BC minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in a statement.
“Getting people out of vehicles and onto e-bikes reduces emissions, takes old and inefficient vehicles off the road and continues the shift to healthy, more climate-friendly transportation options for residents and businesses across our province.”
These incentives are part of the provincial government’s active transportation and CleanBC strategies.