In response to traffic strikes, Paris launches electric bicycle subsidy policy ahead of schedule
A public strike was held in Paris in early December, and the policy of obtaining subsidies for buying electric bicycles in Paris was launched in advance. The subsidy covers all new electric bicycles purchased from December 1, 2019.
From December 5th, a large strike movement was launched in many industries in France, mainly to protest pension reforms. During the strike, public transport will be severely disrupted and even paralyzed. Therefore, people who commute by public transportation must find other means of transportation.
Electric bicycles are an optional environmentally friendly means of transportation, but the price of such vehicles is relatively high, and the Paris region government has provided up to 500 euros in bonuses through its transportation association to help purchase.
Initially, the measure was planned to be implemented in January 2020, due to the early start of the strike at the end of the year.
It is worth noting that if it involves electric bicycles purchased from December 1, 2019, the government will issue a subsidy of 500 euros from February 2020 through a dedicated website. In addition to purchasing invoices and certificates of conformity, applicants must also comply with certain conditions. The purchaser must be an adult or a minor with a guardian and live in the Paris region.
For traditional electric bicycles, the subsidy is 500 euros; for electric freight bicycles, the subsidy is 600 euros. At the same time, the subsidy amount does not exceed 50% of the bicycle price.
In the case of overlapping with local subsidies, the total amount of subsidies for buying electric vehicles cannot exceed 500 euros for traditional electric bicycles and 600 euros for freight-type electric bicycles. Each person can only get one subsidy every 5 years, and it is forbidden for car buyers to sell the purchased bicycles for 3 years.
According to reports, starting from 2020, the annual budget for this measure will be 12 million euros per year. Officials estimate that 20,000 to 30,000 Parisians will apply for this assistance every year. Before buying an electric bicycle, buyers can also test this mobility tool by renting a self-service electric bicycle.