A desire to go green - the rise of cargo bikes in Germany
Keen to promote the climate-friendly cargo bikes, several initiatives have emerged to lend them to companies and individuals for free trials
- May 10, 2018 20:30
- Olya Georgieva
Cargo bikes are becoming a familiar sight in German cities as the nippy, clean alternative to cars and delivery vans – and shaking up urban transport in the process. A desire to go green has been key to the rise of cargo bikes in a country where dozens of smog-choked cities are considering diesel driving bans to combat air pollution. Keen to promote the climate-friendly cargo bikes, several initiatives have emerged to lend them to companies and individuals for free trials.
Today Germany is Europe's largest market for cargo bikes in terms of volume - with industry data showing sales for electrically assisted cargo bikes alone surged to 21 000 in 2017, 42% over the previous year. The federal government has also got in on the act by introducing a rebate of up to 2500 Euros for the purchase of an e-cargo bike with a load of more than 150 kilos, while Berlin authorities offer subsidies of 500 to 1000 Euros.
Source: The Local
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