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E-bike rebates increasing in B.C. to encourage eco-friendly active transit

"We look forward to seeing more people using e-bikes for getting around.”
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Riding an e-bike. Photo: Halfpoint/iStock

By Amandalina Letterio 

You can get some money back for having a sustainable lifestyle.

The B.C. government is increasing e-bike rebates as an initiative to reduce greenhouse gases and to help make electric bikes more affordable and available.

“That’s why we are boosting the e-bike rebates for people and businesses," says Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, in a news release. "E-bikes are a much cheaper alternative to cars and are a safe way to travel. We look forward to seeing more people using e-bikes for getting around.”

People who trade in a vehicle can get a rebate of up to $1,050 toward the purchase of a new electric bike through the scrap-it transportation program, a $200 increase from last year. 

The province is also introducing a one-year pilot project that gives up to a $1,700 rebate for businesses toward the purchase of cargo e-bikes. Companies can buy up to five cargo e-bikes through this program.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is giving $750,000 to the two e-bike rebates over two years, the release notes.

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources has also given $750,000 to the scrap-it program and $2.5 million toward 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. 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," says George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

For information on the scrap-it program, click here. For details about the specialty-use vehicle incentive program, click here. For the province’s go electric incentive program, click here.

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