Soft mobility, ecomobility, sustainable mobility,… Behind these terms are hidden modes of transport that are less polluting for the planet and more eco-responsible. Hybrid or electric vehicles, use of bicycles or other non-polluting means of transport, what is the state of play in Luxembourg on this subject?
With a constantly growing population, transport in Luxembourg is at the heart of political and regional planning considerations. With the increase in traffic, sometimes problematic during rush hours, it seems essential today to move in a more ecological and less conventional way…
So why not try sustainable mobility, especially when the measures put in place are incentive-based?
Government incentives for the purchase of an electric or hybrid vehicle
As part of sustainable mobility, the government offers incentives of between 500 and 5,000 euros for the purchase of an electric or hybrid vehicle. This bonus can even go up to 8,000 euros under certain conditions.
Premiums for the purchase of an electric vehicle can also be granted to citizens with a lease or rental contract.
Clever fueren” bonus for the purchase of electric vehicles
Set up by the Luxembourg government in order to promote a more eco-friendly mobility, this aid is paid for new electric vehicles. Its renewal demonstrates the government’s desire to continue to promote a ever softer mobility, at a time when fuel prices are exploding in Luxembourg and elsewhere.
It should be noted that almost 43 million euros have already been paid out under this “Clever fueren” or “intelligent driving” bonus. 60% benefited electric car buyers. It is indeed possible to buy a new bike too!
It should be noted that the beneficiary of the premium can be a natural or legal person, provided that it concerns a vehicle registered in Luxembourg.
The aid also applies to holders of a vehicle under a rental or leasing contract. The only condition is that the financial company that owns the vehicle waives this premium.
Electricity bonus up to 8,000 euros
Paid in the form of a bonus, this grant allows you to acquire a new electric vehicle at a lower cost. You can benefit from up to 8,000 euros if you buy :
- a 100% electric car or van, not exceeding 18kwh per 100 km,
- an electric car, not exceeding 20 kWh per 100 km, with a maximum propulsion power less than or equal to 150 kilowatts,
- a pure electric car for large families, with 7 to 9 seats
- a pure electric van
- or a hydrogen fuel cell car.
The vehicle must be put on the road before the end of 2024 and the purchaser must commit to keeping the electric vehicle for a minimum of 12 months.
A bonus of up to 1,000 euros (50% of the purchase price excluding VAT) is paid for the purchase of100% electricmotorcycles, scooters and other quadricycles.
The purchase of a bike or an electric bike can also give rise to a bonus of up to 600 euros.
So, are you ready to act for the planet? It’s time to drive electric!
Bicycle, think of the planet for its travel
Self-service bicycles or bike sharing
The main Luxembourg cities are equipped with self-service bicycles based on the “bike-sharing” principle. Users can borrow the bicycles to make urban journeys in complete freedom. For a fee, the user borrows the bike from an identified station. He can then drop it off at another station at his convenience.
Electric bikes with Vél’oh in Luxembourg City
In Luxembourg City, the company
which offers self-service bicycles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Users can thus move easily and flexibly in the Luxembourg capital. The Vél’oh stations are located throughout the city, near the commercial areas, places of frequentation and public transport areas. Today, more than 1,000 bicycles are available to users in 116 stations located in the City of Luxembourg and the neighboring municipalities.
The Vel’oh bike-sharing system only works with subscriptions. For a short period of one week, subscriptions can be purchased directly at the Vel’oh terminal. For long term subscriptions, you will have to register online on the Vel’Oh website. A security deposit and a direct debit will be made from your bank account.
The first half hour of each trip is free, once the 30 minutes are over, the service becomes payable by the hour (1€/hour and 5€ maximum per day).
Véloh stations are now equipped with electric bikes. The City of Luxembourg is thus the first European city to be equipped with electric bicycles. This is much appreciated on the climbs from the Pfaffenthal or the Grund…
In 2021, more than 800,000 Vel’Oh rentals have been completed, a 400% increase since the service was introduced in 2018. More than 20,600 long-term subscribers benefited from Vel’oh for their daily trips in February 2022.
Bike rental at ” Vélo en ville “.
If you want to to take advantage of self-service bicycles of various kinds and for all ages, go to the Grund at Bicycle in the city. Groups of 4 or more people, children and young people under 26 years of age receive a 20% discount on the rental price of the bikes. Evlos can be rented per day, weekend or week.
More and more Luxembourg cities are equipped with on-demand bicycle services. You will find all the information on the stransports portal .
Mbox, secure spaces to park your bike
More than thirty secure spaces are available to protect your bike against vandalism. You will find these“Mboxes” in particular near the following train stations: Bettembourg, Colmar-Berg, Dudelange, Ettelbruck, Parking Däich, Kleinbettingen, Lorentzweiler, Luxembourg Gare centrale (North and South), Mersch, Noertzange, Roodt-sur-Syre, Schifflange and Wasserbillig.
These bike parks are accessible with the mKaart transport card. In the format of a credit card, the mKaart allows you to load your tickets electronically, valid on the entire Luxembourg public transport network.
The mKaart also provides access to public charging stations for electric cars.
Bicycle lanes and priority bicycles on certain streets
Municipalities are now committed to continuously improving bicycle paths in their urban areas.
Certain streets in the capital are now priority for bicycles. Formally identified by road markings and signs, these streets give priority to cyclists. These can circulate on the whole width of the lane. Motorists must be patient and cannot pass bicycles.
These cycling zones are located in the districts of Bonnevoie, Gare, Belair, Pfaffenthal and Pülvermühl. Let’s hope that these priority routes for bicycles will be developed in the near future to promote and facilitate bicycle travel in urban areas even more.
Special facilities are gradually being introduced to promote bicycle safety: continuous or crossing sidewalks at intersections for greater comfort, special traffic lights for bicycles, bicycle streets limited to 30 km/h and in which cyclists cannot be overtaken. These streets will be identified by a large colored band.
Do you know the rules of the road?
- The use of headphones (MP3, cell phone etc…) is prohibited. Do you know that? Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 75% and the risk of brain damage by 85%.
- Riding a bike on the sidewalk is allowed for children up to 12 years old. An adult may also accompany them.
- Make sure your bike is equipped according to the law. Your bike must be equipped with a bell, 2 brakes, front and rear, a yellow or white light at the front, a red reflector and a red light at the rear, reflectors on the wheels (2 per wheel) and on the pedals. The offender risks a fine between 49 and 74€.
- Between dusk and dawn and during the day in case of poor visibility, the lighting of your bike is mandatory.
- The sign with the bicycle symbol accompanied by “Except Frei” indicates the possibility to use one-way roads or to go on the bus lane.
- Wearing a helmet is mandatory for children under 12 years old. A little advice: remember to wear a helmet even for children over 12 years old, and above all to fasten it properly! Buses and cars in Luxembourg drive very fast!
In addition, cars must respect a minimum distance of 1.5 meters when passing a bicycle. Do you know the driving rules for cars?
Other means of eco-responsible travel
Since 2007, all CFL passenger trains have been powered by electricity from renewable sources. They run with zero CO2 emissions.
And the tramway? This is another sustainable means of travel that is becoming increasingly popular in Luxembourg.
The City of Luxembourg is investing heavily in electric buses. The goal is to rapidly reach 30% of the bus fleet in electric mode.
Electric vehicles and car-sharing
Luxembourg is investing in making personal transport more environmentally friendly.
There is a network of nearly 80 charging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles across the country. Every municipality in Luxembourg is now equipped with Chargy public charging stations to develop electromobility. The parking lots, including the P+R, are also equipped with electric charging stations for vehicles.
In addition to the electric incentives mentioned above, you can also travel in an eco-responsible manner with the carsharing and carpooling. Click here to learn more.
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