The popularity of pedal assisted electric bikes or ebikes for short, has been growing year on year. They are a good alternative to a normal bike especially if your route includes hills, is more than 5 miles long or if you need an extra boost on the road.
If you are considering purchasing an ebike there is a new, exciting funding opportunity available in Scotland through Energy Saving Trust. We offer an interest-free loan to buy an ebike. This scheme is funded by Transport Scotland (an agency of the Scottish Government).
The eBike loan is for up to £6,000 with a repayment period of 4 years and covers the following (per household):
- 2 x ebikes capped at £3,000 each
- 1 x family ecargo bike capped at £6,000
- 1 x adaptive ebike capped at £6,000
If a non ebike is more suitable to meet an individual’s needs, applications can be considered by Energy Saving Trust on a case by case basis.
With the exception of an initial deposit, applicants must not make any other payment towards the purchase of the ebike(s) before receiving a loan offer under this programme as funding is not provided retrospectively.
The purchased ebike must comply with the UK Government’s eligibility criteria for Scotland.
If you would like to experience an ebike first-hand, Home Energy Scotland deliver short-term ebike trials lasting from 3 days to 3 weeks. For more information about ebikes, to request an application form, or to learn more about the full terms and conditions please call Home Energy Scotland free on 0808 808 2282.