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Application for e-bike support gets simpler

The Climate and Nature Conservation Action Plan’s financing of electric bicycles continues.

Between April 6 and 9, grant applications can be submitted on simpler terms than before, as the fifth phase of the application started at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Tamás Schanda announced. 

The deputy minister of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology said that the government would support the purchase of e-bikes with a total budget of about HUF 1 billion over two years.

The maximum amount of aid is half the purchase price but no more than: 

  • HUF 90,000 in the case of bicycles with pedal sensor assistance
  • HUF 150,000 for the purchase of bicycles with torque sensors

Details of the application can be found on the IFKA website, and documents can be submitted until April 9.

Schanda added that the process has been simplified to disburse grants as soon as possible. Thus, it is no longer necessary to submit a sales contract, shortening the administration time and significantly speeding up payment. The administrative burden has also been reduced, as only one agreement needs to be signed.

Cycling helps maintain good health in general, but in an epidemic situation, it’s even more vital, the minister said. If we think about how much time we waste in traffic jams or looking for a parking space, we can definitely say that it is often more practical to ride a bike than to drive. An electric bike is also comfortable enough in all situations. This is why we decided in the autumn of 2020 to make transport greening one of the elements of the Climate and Nature Action Plan, Schanda added.

In 12 rounds of tenders, support worth a total of HUF 1 billion will be given for the purchase of e-bikes, he explained. 

Schanda noted that the government is also supporting this aim with 15,000 built or designated bike paths to make cycling safer and more attractive for students, commuters, hikers and holiday travelers by 2030. Year by year, more and more people are discovering that they can not only save the environment but also take better care of their health by cycling.

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