Electric cargo bike grant funding announced

Businesses can apply for funding for an electric cargo bike to help them reduce their carbon footprint.

Businesses can apply for funding for an electric cargo bike to help them reduce their carbon footprint. - Credit: North Somerset Council

Businesses that use motorised vehicles to carry out their activities across North Somerset can apply for funding for an electric cargo bike to help them reduce their carbon footprint, courtesy of a grant made available by the Energy Saving Trust (EST). 

North Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils have been invited to resubmit their joint proposal to the EST’s local authority eCargo bike grant fund 2021/22, following an original application in March last year.

As 2020/21 has changed the way many businesses operate due to coronavirus, previous applicants are being asked to resubmit their applications, and other businesses are also welcome to apply. All applications will be scored competitively.   

Cllr Mike Solomon, North Somerset Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods and community services, said: "This welcome support from the EST will help businesses of all sizes revolutionise the way they make their deliveries, do business and help their communities across North Somerset. 

"We look forward to helping as many people and organisations as possible to travel in this zero-emissions way, reducing car and van use in our towns and villages and making the region a more attractive place to live, work and visit."

The grant will cover up to 100 per cent of the cost of the eCargo bike for businesses in North Somerset, excluding accessories and any associated training costs, which the business itself will need to cover.

Though individual cargo bikes may be up to 100 per cent funded, the grant does not cover VAT, which will be payable by the applicant at the point the bike is ordered. The specific bike will need to be mentioned, along with its price, on the application form.

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If your business would like to trial an electric cargo bike, contact North Somerset’s sustainable travel business engagement officer on sustainable.travel@n-somerset.gov.uk. Month-long free trials are available (a returnable deposit is payable) and the ecargo bike has already been borrowed by a wood co-operative, a micropub, a campsite and a cleaning and maintenance company.     

The deadline to apply for this grant due to the EST’s tight timeframes, is on Friday at 6pm. To register interest and to receive an application form, interested businesses operating in North Somerset should email sustainable.travel@n-somerset.gov.uk.

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