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Ghent provides electric bike subsidies
Last year the city of Ghent started subsidising electric cars, but the runaway success of the scheme meant that the budget quickly ran dry. This year, the city is focusing on electric bikes, reports mobility portal Eltis, as it encourages commuters and companies to switch to electric bikes for their daily commutes. Last year, taxi- and car-sharing companies were able to apply for subsidies for the procurement of electric cars. This will now stop, chiefly for budgetary reasons, and the city also wants to move away from the idea of sponsoring car purchases. Previously, only individuals could apply for subsidies to buy electric bikes. Companies can now also use the service, on condition the bikes are used for commuting or business trips. The subsidy amounts to €250 for a normal electric bike and €400 for an electric cargo bike. Individuals can receive up to €250 when they hand in their number plates; without them the amount is limited to €125.