Buoyed by Victoria’s generous electric car subsidies, BMW has come to the party with a promise of an electric bicycle to go with its EVs.

BMW Group Australia says it is enhancing its electromobility offering, with the offer that is targeted at small to medium businesses — guess that means you need an ABN.

Businesses that purchase either a new BMW or MINI Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) or Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) between now and June 30 will receive a complimentary, high-quality NCM brand e-bike valued at $2199. 

NCM is a German-based specialist e-bike manufacturer with an extensive range of models.  

Customers have the choice of either NCM Moscow Plus or Milano Plus, the first a highly capable all-terrain e-bike — the latter a stylish city commuter.  

Both e-bikes have a 48-volt, 250-watt electric motor capable of propelling them to a top speed of 25km/h.

The motor is supported by a DEHAWK 16Ah battery with a range of up to 150km, plus USB port. 

Both bikes also have pedals in case you run out of power. 

A high-definition LCD screen displays the battery charge level, road speed and total mileage.  

The offer comes after the Victorian Government announced the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Subsidy, which entitles individuals or businesses in Victoria to receive a $3,000 subsidy towards the purchase of a zero-emissions vehicle priced under $68,740 as part of stage one of the initiative effective from May 2, 2021. 

BMW’s Rene Gerhard said the e-bike offer was a key element in the company’s push to promote electromobility. 

“Our intention with this offer is to provide small and medium business customers the opportunity to access an additionally efficient form of transport for recreation or commuting to complement their electrified BMW or MINI purchase,” he said.  

“We are delighted to make this announcement on the back of the Victorian Government’s announcement of the Zero Emission Vehicles Subsidy, which is particularly good news for prospective owners of the MINI Electric Hatch in Victoria.

“BMW Group supports any efforts made by governments to encourage consumer access to electromobility solutions that ultimately reduce emissions in Australia and we hope to see further announcements along these lines in the future.” 

BMW has seen significant growth in year-to-date sales of zero (BEV) and low emission vehicle (PHEV) offerings. 

To the end of March, registrations of the BMW 330e PHEV were up 114 per cent, while registrations of the X5 xDrive45e were up an impressive 271 per cent (no numbers). 

Mini Countryman Hybrid was up 173 per cent compared with the same period last year.

More than 60 orders have been taken for the fully-electric MINI Electric Hatch, and 15 examples have been delivered to customers to the end of March this year.

Mini will be the first of the BMW Group’s brand to go fully electric by 2030. 

BMW will have three new fully electric models on the market by early next year.

The first-ever BMW i4, which will have a BMW M Performance model in the line-up, will begin to appear in local showrooms in the first three months of 2022.

iX3 will arrive in the last three months, while the first-ever iX in both the xDrive40 and xDrive50 variants will launch for local deliveries around the same time. 

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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