Some countries offer generous government's schemes to convince people to try electric vehicles and in particular electric bikes.
Electric vehicles pollute less and not dependent on foreign oil so giving discount makes sense.
The additional benefit of electric bikes include a healthier and more energized people.
Savings through this schemes can add up to even 50%. This is not bad at all! The actual amount depends on the specific scheme and on the offered benefits.
Usually you can choose any electric bike you want (sometimes even bikes which are not electric).
There is usually an upper price limit for the electric bicycle. Some electric bicycles are quite expensive so there is a change that some of them would pass the upper limit.
In such a case, you can get the electric bicycle without the battery and charger (and maybe also other components) and add the electric upgrades separately.
Also check whether you can include safety equipment such as an helmet, lights, reflective clothing, a lock, etc.
There are countries which offer a special schemes for employees.
Usually, a company/employer can provide a ‘tax and vat free’ electric bike at a large discount from the retail price and at no cost to the company (plus, reduce the amount of costly parking facilities).
The company purchases an electric bike and then sell it or loan it to the employee. The employee then commits to give a small montly fee from his salary.
This amount is taken from the gross salary (before tax money) rather than net pay. Meaning, the employee pays less taxes.
Check who is responsible for insuring the bike. If it's you, make sure you’re covered by insurance. Since there is a change that if your electric bike will be lost, you’ll have to pay it off in full, including tax.
Permitted uses - see whether the electric bicycle must (or mainly) be used for work applications (get to and from work) or can it be used also for traveling, off-road, etc.
Who is the 'real' owner of the electric bicycle after the loaning period is over? Will it be yours at the end of the period or will you have to buy it (if you would want to) and in what price?
What happens if you decide to leave early of if you get fired? Do you just have to pay the remaining fees or will you have to pay some sort of penalty fee. Will you be able to take the electric bicycle and what is the price for that?
Double check that you can participate in the scheme and that is worth it. Don't rely solely on the employer. Do you earn enough to participate? What will the actual saving will be (you can check it with the scheme customer-support and by the saving calculators that can usually be found on the scheme's website)
The UK Cycle Scheme is the largest organization of its kind. It involves with over 1500 bicycle retailers across the UK (and Ireland):
The Austin Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentives program:
And there are many more countries that offer similar programs…