DfT e-cargo-bikes fund cap raised to £200k

In an attempt to boost the replacement of vans with e-cargo-bikes to tackle pollution, the UK government has upped the limit of grants toward e-cargo-bikes from £50,000 to £200,000.

When the eCargo Bike Grant Fund was opened in April the cap per organisation was set at £50,000. So far around 50 small and medium businesses have had grants.

Funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and administered by the Energy Saving Trust, the e-cargo-bike funding is now available until the 31st March 2020. Awards are made on a first come, first served basis.

As part of the offer, organisations receiving the DfT money have to sign up to a code of practice that was developed in association with the UK Cycle Logistics Federation and the Bicycle Association.

Tim Anderson, Senior Programme Manager at the Energy Saving Trust said: “It is heartening to see the significant interest and response to this grant fund which enables applicants to request grant funding for up to 20% of the cost of a new ecargo bike, up to the value of £1,000 per bike.

In theory, each organisation can buy up to 200 e-cargo-bikes, replacing a considerable number of fossil fuelled vans used in the delivery business.

“Benefits to the adoption of ecargo bikes include the reduction of congestion, improvement of air quality in our towns and cities, with the addition of savings to operating costs.”

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