Thursday, October 12th 2017
The Swedish Government has presented a budget for 2018 that includes a 25 percent subsidy for e-bike sales.
“This is a spectacular success for the development of e-bike sales in Sweden, which is now the benchmark for all European countries to follow,” says a statement from the European Cyclists’ Federation.
For the years 2018–2020 the Swedish government will set aside €35 million each year to fund the scheme.
The subsidy was due to advocacy work by cyclists’ association Cykelfrämjandet, which is an ECF member.
Cykelfrämjandet has been a participant in ECF’s Leadership Programme which is funded by industry donations to the ECF’s Cycling Industry Club.
In Sweden the industry now sees a €100 million return for just €60,000 grants to Cykelfrämjandet.
Cykelfrämjandet president Lars Strömgren said: “The support we have had from the ECF’s Cycling Industry Club grants made this possible.”