On your bike … with a motor

Electrically-powered bicycle now used by La Poste. Photo: Cjp24
Electrically-powered bicycle now used by La Poste. Photo: Cjp24

The French state is offering €200 towards the cost of buying an electrically assisted bicycle. The payment will be offered from now until January 31, 2018. The motor must be less than 3kW and without a lead battery, according to the Official Journal published on Saturday, February 18. Each payment will be limited to one per person, and not per machine.

A number of local authorities – Paris, Blois, Rouen – already offer up to €400 as a subsidy, and the €200 from the state would be on top of this. Motorised bicycles usually cost more than €700 euros. In Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, 400 people have already benefited from a subsidy of €250, amounting to about 1.3 percent of the town’s total population.

 

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