Ebike Rebates and Incentives
Looking for savings? There may be an ebike subsidy in your local city or state! See if the ebike incentive programs below can help you get rolling.
Keep your eye on this list to see if a locally-funded ebike incentive program is active in your area! Government ebike subsidies and grants as well as rebates from local power districts are taking off, so we’ll be updating this list to make sure you see the best opportunities for savings on your Rad purchase.
Alameda Municipal Power Service Area
Alameda Municipal Power customers can get up to 600 in rebates depending on bike price and income level. Ebikes purchased since July 1, 2022 qualify, and your receipt must be submitted with the application within 3 months of purchase. You’ll receive your rebate within 1-2 months. Learn more about the program.
Bay Area residents can get up to 7,500 towards an ebike and bike accessories (plus a transit card) by scrapping an older car meeting certain requirements, and if the person applying for the program meets certain zip code and income requirements. Learn more about car and applicant eligibility, and find out how you can maximize your grant to getting rolling on an ebike public transit here.
Contra Costa County
Residents of Contra Costa County can get a 150 rebate from the County for a new electric bike purchase, or 300 if income-qualified. Receipt and other details must be submitted within 6 months of purchase. Learn more about the program and apply here
PROGRAM NOW CLOSED Customers of Central Coast Community Energy can get a rebate of between 500 and 450,000, depending on income level and ebike price. Submit your proof of purchase by November 15, 2022 to get a rebate check in approximately 45 days. Program now closed as of September 2022; stay tuned for any updates.
Quick look for e-bike rebates by states:
This state didn’t have any statewide programs yet. But Austin does have substantial programs. For example, Austin Energy E-Ride rebates details are below:
500-999 e-bike gets a 200 rebate
1000-1999 e-bike gets a 400 rebate
2000 and above e-bike gets a 600 rebate
For Individual Customer Assistance Program (CAP) Customers:
500-999 e-bike gets a 300 rebate
1000-1999 e-bike gets a 700 rebate
2000 and above e-bike gets a 1300 rebate
500-999 e-bike gets a 400 rebate
1000-1999 e-bike gets a 600 rebate
2000 and above e-bike gets an 800 rebate
Rebates above are affected since January 1, 2023. Also, there are restrictions such as you must receive electricity from Austin Energy, the electric bike must be new and must be purchased from Austin Energy’s approved dealership list, incentive application must be submitted within 60 days of your purchase.
For the riding fleet, there will be more restrictions: one must purchase between 5 to 25 qualified electric bikes and each e-bike of the fleet must display Austin Energy branding, all electric bikes must be in service for at least one year(exclude those e-bikes damaged beyond repair).
About 10 million rebate in this state, includes class 1,2 electric bikes but excludes class 3 e-bikes. 750 for standard e-bikes, 1500 for cargo electric bicycles, or adaptive e-bikes.
What’s more, people whose income is below 225% FPL(Federal Poverty Level), or who live in DAC(Disadvantaged Community) are qualified for additional 250 incentives.
Restrictions also, the buyer must be a California resident, electric bike stores must be in California, income cap must below 300% FPL.
It has approved a 12 million rebate, but now I can’t find any details yet, latest news I can find said it will be available to individuals early summer 2023, now it is april 2023, it should be coming verrrrrry soon, I guess.
This state’s rebate for electric bikes is up to 750, this rebate depends on the e-bike price before any taxes or any extra fees.
If you want to reach the highest rebate, you might need to purchase an e-bike that cost more than 2500.
Restrictions are motor power no more than 750 watts (1 horsepower), pure electric top speed under 20 miles per hour, must be purchased from a store in Connecticut, must only used as personal transit and not for business.
The statewide program wants to improve on Denver’s highly competitive e-bike rebates
The lottery system attempts to improve on Denver’s successful e-bike rebate program. Since April 2022, the city has awarded more than 5,500 e-bike rebates and inspired similar programs nationwide.
But Denver hands out limited rounds of vouchers on a first come, first serve basis. The result is a rush to the city’s website each morning applications open. And unless residents have their paperwork in order, they often fail to submit their information before their fellow Denverites exhaust the available rebates.
Thorne said the state designed its system to avoid that scenario and ensure residents can apply regardless of their work schedule and internet connection. She expects the program will award enough vouchers to fund about 1,000 e-bike purchases each month and will last until funding runs out.
Those lucky enough to win one of the discounts can redeem them at select e-bike retailers. The Colorado Energy Office is reviewing applications from bike shops hoping to participate in the program and expects to publish a final list around the end of July. Thorne said she hopes to include not only rural brick-and-mortar shops but also online retailers, which tend to offer cheaper e-bike options.
Residents in cities and counties with existing e-bike programs can’t combine the state incentives with local rebates.
E-bike rebates could lead to more bike lanes
State lawmakers greenlit the program last year by passing SB22-193, which established a range of new programs to help reduce local air pollution.
In addition to the latest rebates, the law funded grants for local government and nonprofits to establish e-bike programs to benefit low- and moderate-income Coloradans.
Like with other e-bike rebate efforts, Thorne said there’s a political goal within the climate-minded policy. If all goes according to plan, it will help build a vocal constituency of riders pushing local governments to construct new bike lanes and trails.
Colorado E-bike Rebates and Vouchers
Provider: Colorado Energy Office (CEO)
Program: Rebate. Details TBD.
Details: Statewide eBike rebate available to low- and moderate-income Coloradans. Preliminary details are a 500 rebate or 450,000 for low-income. CEO anticipates that the rebate will be available to individuals in late spring to early summer 2023.
Cortez, Delores, Mancos, Monticello, and other Empire Electric towns
Provider: Empire Electric Association
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Program: 25% rebate up to 150.
Details: For Empire Electric Association customers. Active in 2022.
Provider: City of Denver Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resilience (CASR)
Program: 400 E-bike voucher. 1200 for income-qualified residents. Additional 500 for cargo bikes.
Details: For all Denver residents. Applicable to all Class 1, 2, and 3 E-bikes sold at participating bike shops, except full-suspension mountain bikes. No minimum or maximum bike cost, but the voucher is limited to the price of the bike.
Launched in April 2022. The initial rollout of 3,000 vouchers was claimed in days. Another round of just over 1,000 vouchers in July 2022 was claimed in minutes. 860 more vouchers in January 2023 went in 20 minutes. will be available in 2023.
Provider: Town of Edwards
Program: 200 rebate for new E-bike.
Details: For Edwards Metro District full-time residents. Must be used for transportation to work or other trips normally taken by car. Operating in 2022.
Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield, Mesa, and Gunnison Counties
Provider: Holy Cross Energy (HCE)
Program: 200 rebate for new E-bike or conversion.
Details: Up to 2 per utility member household. Must be used to offset vehicle miles. Operating in 2021.
Grand and Jackson Counties and parts of Larimer, Routt, and Summit Counties
Provider: Mountain Parks Electric
We need to talk about CLASS 3 E-Bikes
Program: 25% rebate up to 150.
Details: For Mountain Parks Electric customers. Operating 2022.
Provider: Gunnison County Electric Association
Program: 25% rebate up to 150.
Details: For Gunnison County Electric Association customers. Operating in 2022.
Holyoke, Sterling, Ovid area
Provider: Highline Electric Association
Program: 25% rebate up to 150.
Details: For Highline Electric Association customers. Operating in 2022.
La Plata, Archuleta and nearby
Provider: La Plata Electric Association
Program: 25% rebate up to 150 for a new E-bike
Details: Bill credit to La Plata utility customers. Launched January 2021.
Provider: Yampa Valley Electric Association
Program: 25% rebate up to 150.
Details: For Yampa Valley Electric Association customers. Operating in 2022.
Connecticut E-bike Rebates and Vouchers
Provider: CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)
Program: 500 or more rebate and/or voucher. Details TBD
Details: DEEP released a request for proposals on November 8, 2022, to eligible contractors for the development of a statewide E-Bike Incentive Program. Once selected, the program project design will be developed by early January and the program will launch in late winter/early Spring 2023.
Massachusetts E-bike Rebates and Vouchers
Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard
Provider: Cape Light Compact
Program: Voucher for 75% of the cost of a new E-bike up to 450,200 plus accessories and maintenance.
Details: Income limited and limited to Class 1 E-bikes. Vouchers are applicable at participating bike shops to cover 75% of the cost of a Class 1 E-bike up to 450,200. The voucher will also cover up to 125 toward the cost of bike accessories (e.g., helmet, bike lock, bike lights, or pump). The Compact will also cover the cost of bike maintenance for the year following purchase. Customers will also receive a 100 gift card from the Compact if they schedule and complete a Home Energy Assessment through the Cape Light Compact (gift cards will be issued upon completion of the Audit). Audits are available to homeowners and renters. Operating in 2022. About 200 vouchers total are available.
Oregon E-bike Rebates and Vouchers
Provider: Ashland Electric
Program: 300 rebate for a new E-bike.
Details: Open to Ashland Electric customers. One E-bike incentive per account. Limited to Class 1 E-bikes 3,000 or less. Must be purchased at a participating Ashland Bike shop. Launched November 2020 with funding for 50 bikes in 12 months.
Provider: Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office.
Program: Rebate up to 450,200 for low-income individuals.
Details: Residents of Benton County who get power from Pacific Power and have a family income of 80% of the area median or less. Closed 1/10/22. Email email@example.com to be notified of the application Windows for future rounds.
Provider: Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB)
Program: 300 rebate for new E-bike.
Details: Open to EWEB customers. One E-bike incentive per account. Class 1, 2, or 3, including adaptive E-bikes. No conversions.
Various local governments and electricity providers issue rebates with purchases of eligible e-bikes. Here are a couple of examples:
Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) in Oregon offers its account holders a 300 rebate for purchasing an eligible e-bike. The program launched in April 2022 and as of this writing, about 780 rebates have been issued, according to Juan Serpa Muñoz, who manages EWEB’s electric mobility programs. “Due to popularity … we have made it an official program and increased the number of rebates per account to two,” Munoz said.
Denver established a point-of-sale rebate and issued vouchers that reduced the price of e-bikes at participating shops. Residents snapped them up. In 2023, the program is expected to relaunch. For the 2022 program, regular rebates for Denver residents were 400, and 450,200 for residents who met designated income thresholds, according to Michael Salisbury, a transportation administrator with the Denver sustainability office. An extra 500 rebate was offered for an electric cargo bike, designed for bulky loads or passengers. “On average,” Salisbury said, “Denver residents have saved 51% off the cost of their e-bikes as part of this program.”
Proposed Tax Incentives
A proposal introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide a federal tax incentive for purchasing an e-bike. The E-BIKE Act (Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment Act) would allow taxpayers with eligible purchases to reduce what they owe by 30% off the price of the bike, up to 450,500, with adjustments for previous credits.
In the state of Washington, lawmakers are working on a different type of tax incentive. If approved, e-bike purchases and other eligible equipment would be exempt from sales tax. The proposed legislation states: “… encouraging citizens to own and use electric bicycles for commuting can replace light-duty passenger vehicles and thus reduce congestion, local air pollution, and global carbon pollution while enhancing citizens’ health and saving commuters money.”
Other E-Bike Incentives
Low-interest loans, lending libraries for the free use of e-bikes, and programs that pay per mile of e-bike travel are among the array of incentives for purchasing and using e-bikes.
E-Bike Incentive Programs in North America, published by Portland State University (PSU), provides information on dozens of programs, including some for Canadian residents. It’s handy for organizations, government officials, and environmental advocates interested in establishing or supporting an incentive program. It’s also useful for e-bike shoppers, says John MacArthur of PSU Transportation Research and Education Center.
Recommendations for E-Bike Shoppers
- Try out different types of e-bikes to ensure you’re purchasing a style that suits you, MacArthur suggested. There are a wide variety of styles, including e-bikes designed for transporting packages or passengers.
- Determine if your utility provider, employer, state, or local government offers a financial incentive for purchasing or using an e-bike.
- Read the rules for your e-bike rebates and financial incentives. Some rebates require purchases from participating dealers and aren’t valid for online purchases, MacArthur said.
Environmental advocates and e-bike enthusiasts say incentives are especially useful to make e-bikes more affordable. “Having an incentive breaks down [a financial] barrier and gets more people thinking about using an e-bike,” MacArthur says.
PeopleForBikes, an advocacy and trade organization, issues its support for federal tax incentives in an article on its website:
“An all-in approach to reducing carbon emissions must recognize the power electric bicycles have to take cars off the road while keeping people moving, active, and connected to their communities,” the article states. The article quotes PeopleForBikes president Jenn Dice: “Incentivizing electric bicycles makes them a competitive transportation option for more Americans and supports a national effort to lower carbon emissions.”
By Patti Roth
Patti began her writing career as a staff writer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Still based in Florida, Patti serves as editor for Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap. She regularly writes about environmental, home improvement, education, recycling, art, architecture, wildlife, travel and pet topics.