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Province offering rebate program if you scrap your vehicle for an e-bike

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July 29, 2020 - 5:30 AM

The province is offering residents who trade in their vehicles for scrap a $1,050 rebate towards an e-bike.

“The popularity of e-bikes is on the rise and our government wants to encourage more people to purchase and ride these bikes,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, in a ministry news release. “That’s why we are boosting the e-bike rebates for people and businesses. E-bikes are a much cheaper alternative to cars and are a safe way to travel. We look forward to seeing more people using e-bikes for getting around.”

People who trade in a vehicle to scrap now have access to a rebate of $1,050 toward the purchase of any type of new e-bike — an increase of $200 from the previous year. The rebate is delivered through the Scrap-It transportation options program, according to the news release. The additional rebates through the ministry are available until summer 2021.

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The province is also introducing a one-year pilot project that enables a rebate of up to $1,700 for business owners toward the purchase of a cargo e-bike. This will provide eligible businesses with up to one-third of the purchase price. Businesses may purchase up to five cargo e-bikes through this program.

Cargo e-bikes are particularly efficient in delivering goods and reduces operating costs for a business. Cargo e-bikes also help reduce large van and truck traffic, according to the news release. 

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is contributing $750,000 toward the two e-bike rebates over two years. The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources has contributed $750,000 toward the Scrap-It program and $2.5 million toward the Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive Program.

For information on the Scrap-It program, visit its website.


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