Bike shops and suppliers of electric bikes have been given new support from Jersey’s authorities with a grant scheme.
The e-Bike Grant Scheme offers a £150 discount to Jersey residents who purchase an e-Bike at participating Jersey bike shops.
Both new and second hand e-Bikes are eligible and the scheme can only be used to purchase one e-Bike per individual.
Only Jersey-based bike retailers can use the scheme and shops should register to partner the grant scheme. The scheme goes live next week (Monday 19 August 2019) and a list of approved retailers will be released to the public on that date.
Jersey’s Government highlighted the general benefits of e-Bikes as well as their suitability for Jersey’s hilly topography.
It’s not the first time Jersey has supported the purchase of e-Bikes – 2016 saw its car2cycle scheme which saw 500 grants given to islanders to cut the cost of their e-Bike.
Deputy Kevin Lewis, Minister for Infrastructure, said: “The previous e-bike grant scheme was very successful and as a result we have received a number of requests to launch another scheme to incentivise the purchase of electric bikes by offering grant assistance. Several retailers have already registered, and I would urge any outlet which sells e-bikes to get involved.
“This scheme is a small step towards getting islanders to use sustainable forms of transport and will support our ambition of reducing carbon emissions.”
There is a list of requirements for participating bike shops, including committing to a free service check within three months of purchase.
Participating bike shops will need to:
- verify photo identification and proof of Jersey address against the applicant voucher
- provide details of the bike sale to the Government of Jersey after each transaction
- follow quality and pricing guidelines relating to fairness and transparency for the sale of e-bikes
- adhere to the highest maintenance and safety standards for e-bikes
- provide a free service check within 3 months of purchase
Guernsey previously ran a wildly successful scheme that quickly exhausted its funding due to demand.