The Scottish Government has announced the third round of funding to encourage the rollout of electric bikes across the country.

It has allocated £1.14 million for 2019/20 to finance the eBike Grant Fund, which is open to local authorities, public sector agencies, educational institutions, active travel hubs and community groups for sustainable journeys.

Up to £200,000 per application is available for organisations for the adoption of e-bikes and e-cargo bikes.

The funding round is open until 28th June or 12th August depending on the type of application.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said: “E-bikes can completely transform your understanding of what you think is possible on two wheels. Whether you are delivering, community or just enjoying some time outdoors, e-bikes provide the right support to match your fitness levels – and are especially useful in cycling up hills and across longer distances.

“The advances in technology mean that e-bikes can provide a more sustainable alternative to single-occupancy car journeys. The only downside is that they still remain expensive for many and high costs remains a barrier to uptake.”

The project will be delivered by the Energy Saving Trust, which says a total of 45 projects and 460 e-bikes, e-cargo bikes and e-trikes were funded under the previous round.

Earlier this week, Triumph announced a new collaborative project to develop specialist electric motorcycle technology and provide significant input into potential future greener models from the company.

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