Many cyclists seek Sweden’s government subsidy for electric bikes

The battery featured on a brand of electric bikes. (Frank Radosevich/Radio Sweden)

A rebate program is providing an extra boost to electric vehicles – the two-wheeled kind. Almost 12,500 have applied for it so far.

Last fall, the government announced it would offer a refund to those buying a bike with an integrated electric motor – all in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. People here can receive 25 percent, or up to 10,000 kronor, back on the price of their bike.

The subsidy applies to any electric bicycles, electric mopeds or electric motorcycles bought after September 20th of last year and is set to end in 2020. Applications for the refund can be made online on the Environmental Protection Agency website.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Arctic nickel, not oil, could soon power the world’s cars, Blog by Mia Bennett, Cryopolitics

Finland: Lahti, Finland to reward residents for cutting emissions, Yle News

Norway: European Parliament member bikes 240 km in support of Arctic railway, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden’s Christmas present of the year is…. an electric bike!, Radio Sweden

Russia: Challenges ahead for electric car chargers along Europe’s northernmost highway, The Independent Barents Observer

United States: Alaska’s first, electric public transit bus ready to hit Anchorage streets, Alaska Public Media

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