Tips to buy an electric bike
Change to government aid system
Now is the time to buy an electric bicycle as rules on government aid for a purchase are being changed next month.
Buyers can get up to €200 aid for a vélo à assistance électrique with prices averaging €1,000.
They should first contact their mairie to see what aid it offers – Paris offers up to €400.
With e-bikes available from €600 to €6,000 there is every type of specification available for all sizes and shapes plus different usages, from road to off-road and cross-country.
Pick a bike with the motor in the centre as it is more stable and easier to manoeuvre; as light as you can afford, and with seat height adjustment.
Normal bikes weigh 20-25kg but e-bikes (called VAE) also have a 5-6kg battery; so do not let it run flat or face a tiring pedal. To avoid theft, take out the battery and use an antivol U-lock and chain on the bike.