Ebike Rebates and Incentives Programs in the USA
Electric bikes have seen phenomenal organic growth over the past decade as commuters and recreational riders alike understand the benefits of riding an e-bike.
In a survey conducted in early 2019, 30% of respondents cited environmental consideration as one of the reasons they bought an electric bike. That's lower than some expected, but elected officials and utility providers in North America appear to view e-bikes differently than the general public. They actively offer incentives, including tax rebates, vouchers, and buy-to-rent programs, to encourage residents to buy and use electric bikes.
Unfortunately, getting an e-bike in the first place is expensive. Many Californians cannot afford $2,000 or more on an e-bike, so they are stuck paying $100 each time they fill their tank and struggle with repair and maintenance costs that cause many families to sacrifice too much. As an e-bike company, our e-bikes are high-performance, high-quality, and affordable, but still around $1,000 each; we understand some people have price hesitations when choosing to buy an e-bike. For this reason, we’ve compiled this list of e-bike rebates and incentive programs currently in effect in the US to help people achieve their dreams of owning and using an e-bike!
- CA Air Resources Board (CARB)
$10M program is currently in planning to incentivize e-bike purchases. Likely will be a voucher program.
RFP being released in early 2022. The program roll-out goal is early 2023. Likely to have income limits or at least higher incentives for lower-income applicants.
$250K e-bike long term lending library program
50 low-income people will get free use of an e-bike for a year, plus safety equipment, training, support, and maintenance. Also includes a youth job training component in e-bike assembly and repair. Program rollout goal late 2022.
- Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Established by The Monterey Bay Air Resources District, the Monterey Bay e-Bike Incentive Program (e-BIP) offers $1,000 to qualifying low-income applicants. The incentive can be applied to Class 1, 2, or 3 e-bikes priced between $1,000 - $4,000.
- Contra Costa County
$150 rebate ($300 for low income) on the purchase of a new e-bike or conversion kit.
Open to all Contra Costa residents over 18. Class 1, 2, or 3 + professionally installed conversions and electric mopeds with max speed <30 mph
Started in October 2020 with funds for at least 100 bikes. Rebates are allocated to different regions of the county by population. The real-time tracker on the website indicates how many rebates are still available.
Up to $700 rebate for new e-bikes and conversion kits.
The rebates are as follows:
$700 for income-qualified CARE customers
$400 for an e-bike purchased in Healdsburg
$300 for an e-bike purchased outside of Healdsburg
$50 for an e-bike conversion attachment kit
- San Diego County
The Pedal Ahead scheme in San Diego County is a loan-to-own scheme where the participants must provide insurance and track and report their mileage for two years. The scheme offers safety and security accessories, and once you’ve completed your 2-year term, the e-bike is yours!
- Santa Clara
Silicon Valley Power is now providing a 10% rebate on the purchase price of a new e-bike, up to $300. Income-qualified customers can receive an additional rebate of up to $200.
- Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties
Conducted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, eligibility for this program requires a trade-in and is income-based. Residents could be eligible for a voucher valued at up to $7500 for e-bikes, cars, bike shares, and public transport credit.
Residents of Denver can apply for a $400 instant rebate before purchasing a qualifying e-bike from select participating bike shops and retailers. In comparison, e-cargo bikes are eligible for a $500 instant rebate. Income-qualified Denver residents may apply for a $1,200 instant rebate. Electric bikes must meet the program's requirements to qualify, although there is no minimum or maximum purchase price for an electric bike. This rebate has a limit of one electric bike per person.
- Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield, Mesa, and Gunnison Counties
Customers of Holy Cross Energy (HCE) in the counties above can receive a $200 rebate for either a new bike or an e-bike conversion. There is a limit of 2 per household, and they must be used to offset vehicle miles.
The Town of Edwards is providing rebates of up to $200 to purchase a new bike for those who live in the Edwards Metro District. The bike must be used for commuting or trips usually taken by car.
- La Plata and Archuleta Counties and Surrounding Area
The La Plata Electric Association is giving 25% of the cost of a new e-bike, up to $125, of bill credit to their customers when they purchase a new e-bike.
- Ann Arbor
The City of Ann Arbor has partnered with local e-bike vendors to offer a $100 discount for select bikes and a $50 credit toward accessories.
Ashland Electric is offering its customers a $300 rebate towards purchasing an e-bike for the first 50 customers to sign up. The e-bike must be purchased from a participating Ashland bike shop and valued at $3000 or less.
- Benton County
If you’re a resident of Benton County, get your power from Pacific Power and have a family income of 80% or less of the median family income. You can apply for an e-bike rebate. Applications are open through July 12th; further runs of this program are TBD.
Austin Energy is offering rebates for its residential and commercial customers. Up to $300 rebates for individuals and up to $400 for fleets of new bikes.
Burlington residents can take two specific forms of proof of their residency to one of many participating stores, where they’ll receive an instant $200 off purchasing an e-bike. This also applies if you’re buying on behalf of a Burlington business.
- Most of Vermont
Green Mountain Power has partnered with many e-bike stores to allow their customers to bring one of their utility bills into the store and receive a $200 discount on a new bike or e-bike conversion.
- Select Northeast areas and Central Vermont
Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (VPPSA) is offering their utility customers a $100 rebate on purchasing an e-bike or a conversion purchase in the state.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) bill is working to create a Ride Clean e-bike program state-wide for New York. Qualifying New Yorkers could receive an immediate 50% rebate when buying an e-bike, with a maximum of $1,400. Mirroring their "Drive Clean" electric car (EV) program, the goal is to make affording a sustainable and accessible mode of transport available to more people.
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