Electric cars have been part of the OLEV subsidy scheme for a while, meaning that when buying an electric car purchasers save thousands on the cost (currently capped at £4500). Meanwhile the MCIA and bike manufacturers/importers have been lobbying to get a similar deal for electric bike/scooter buyers.
On March 27th last year the Rt Honourable Matt Hancock (MP) and Baroness Kramer announced that, at long last, the subsidy would also be available to two wheeled electric machines. Up to £7.5 million would be set aside for the OLEV scheme, great news for buyers who would save up to £1500 on the cost of a new e-bike and of course for importers who would be able to sell them more easily, especially to the lucrative fleet industry (pizza deliveries/couriers etc.). Then it all went quiet… After a while it was announced more budget would be set aside, great news… Then it went even quieter, despite the scheme being due to launch at the end of last summer.
Naturally this left a lot of scooters unsold. After all who is likely to buy an electric scooter/bike before an announced subsidy is launched, meaning you may have just kissed goodbye to around £1500? It means orders are on hold, or cancelled, manufacturers won’t consider the UK as a serious market and jobs in the motorcycle industry are under threat. That’s why an online petition to the DfT – Department for Transport has been launched.
Sign the petition
If you feel that us two-wheeled users should be given the same subsidy as electric car buyers and want to know why it’s been put on hold please take two minutes to sign the petition: e-bike petition
If there are any MP’s left in Parliament after recent events maybe one of them will get round to reading it.