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    New E-Bike Subsidies: Five States Unveil Exciting Programs

    • By Macfox Bike
    • Jun 24

    Electric bicycles have quickly gained prominence as an eco-friendly form of transport across the U.S. To encourage e-bike adoption and support sustainable transport initiatives, five states—Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington—have implemented incentive programs designed to make e-bikes more accessible and affordable, in line with climate and equity goals. Here is an in-depth look at each incentive initiative and insights from recent developments in Washington State.

    Colorado's Tax Credit for E-Bike Purchases

    Colorado has taken an innovative step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with House Bill 1272, which includes a tax credit for electric bike purchases. As part of a larger climate initiative, Coloradans who purchase an e-bike are eligible for a $450 tax credit; this initiative mirrors Denver's successful city program and seeks to support local bike shops while encouraging sustainable transport solutions.

    Colorado is expected to incur costs estimated at $100 million over the next decade due to a tax credit for e-bikes estimated to cost them an estimated $100 million over time, contingent upon economic growth exceeding 4% each year and meeting specific eligibility requirements. Even with such potential restrictions, Colorado's commitment to e-bikes represents a crucial step toward meeting environmental goals while decreasing transportation-related emissions.

    Program Highlights

    • Tax Credit Amount: $450 per e-bike purchase.
    • Program Costs: Estimated $100 million until 2033.
    • Local Impact: Benefits local bike shops and supports local economies.
    • Economic Conditions: Indications indicate credit may be reduced if economic growth falls below 4%.
    Income Tier Base Incentive Amount Equipment Incentive E-Cargo Bike Incentive Adaptive E-Bike Incentive
    Low-Income $1,100 +$100 +$300 +$250
    Moderate-Income $500 +$100 +$300 +$250

    Maine’s New E-Bike Incentive Program

    Maine is expanding its electric vehicle rebate program to include e-bikes, following Governor Janet Mills' signature on a bill that extends it. The Efficiency Maine Trust will allocate up to $500,000 from existing electric vehicle funds for these rebates; further details are still being finalized, but this initiative signifies Maine's aim of diversifying and broadening sustainable transport options.

    Program Highlights

    • Funding Allocation: Up to $500,000 in incentives for electric bicycles.
    • Program Administration: Administered by Efficiency Maine Trust.
    • Expansion: Expand electric vehicle rebate programs by including incentives for bicycles.
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    Minnesota's Statewide E-Bike Rebate Program

    Minnesota recently approved an impressive $7.8 billion transportation package, allocating $4 million to a statewide e-bike rebate program. The program offers rebates of up to $1,500 or 50-75% of the e-bike cost at the point of sale, depending on income. To ensure equitable access, 40% of rebates are reserved for low-income residents.

    Program Highlights

    • Rebate Amount: Up to $1,500 or 50-75% of the e-bike cost.
    • Funding: $4 million over two years.
    • Income Focus: 40% of rebates reserved for those earning less than $41,000 annually.
    • Point of Sale: Rebates applied directly at the point of purchase.

    Vermont's Diverse E-Bike Incentive Programs

    Vermont has implemented several initiatives and programs to encourage electric bicycle adoption, such as "Replace Your Ride" and "Electrify Your Fleet."

    Replace Your Ride Program

    Vermonters with low incomes can receive up to $5,000 to replace old, inefficient vehicles with more eco-friendly ones, such as electric bikes, electric cars (E.V.s) or other cleaner transportation methods, such as public transit. The aim is to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by transitioning towards more eco-friendly modes of transport.

    Electrify Your Fleet Program

    This program will launch soon and offer $2,500 incentives to municipalities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to purchase electric mobility options such as e-bikes or electric cargo bikes.

    Original E-Bike Incentive Program

    Vermont's original program, launched in 2022, provides $400 for standard e-bikes and $800 for electric cargo bikes or adaptive cycles. Over 140 purchases have already been assisted through this initiative, and over $70,000 worth of incentives have been distributed - leaving approximately $50,000 left for future funding opportunities.

    Program Highlights

    • Replace Your Ride: Up to $5,000 for low-income residents.
    • Electrify Your Fleet: $2,500 for municipalities, businesses and nonprofits.
    • Original Incentive: $400 for standard e-bikes compared with $800 for cargo or adaptive bikes
    • Funding Impact: Over $70,000 in incentives distributed to date.

    Read more: 2024 State-by-State E-Bike Regulations

    Washington's Electric Bike Incentive Program

    Washington State, led by Senator Sharon Shewmake, took an important step toward encouraging e-bike adoption by allocating $5 million from its state transportation budget. This initiative seeks to provide cash rebates to residents for purchasing electric bikes. However, due to high demand, Washington's program still needs to be implemented, with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) hoping to launch it by the end of 2024.

    Program Details

    • Rebate Amount: An instant $300 off for all residents, with an additional $900 for low-income individuals.
    • Eligibility: Low-income rebate eligibility is set at 80% or below the county's median income.
    • Total Funding: $5 million, including program administration and an impact study.
    • Additional Support: An extra $2 million allocated for an e-bike lending library program to provide access to e-bikes for low-income and overburdened communities.

    Though there has been considerable interest in electric bicycle incentives, the date for their launch has been set. W.S., like other jurisdictions across the U.S., DOT is working towards the program's safe and effective implementation within one to 1.5 years of budget allocation.

    Context and Implications

    • High Demand: Denver's record e-bike rebate sales illustrate their growing popularity.
    • Program Goals: Washington's rebate program encourages more biking trips in urban areas while decreasing car reliance.
    • Contrast with E.V. Programs: While funding for e-bike programs in Washington state is substantial, it pales in comparison to the $45 million allotted for Washington's electric car rebate program, which represents a much greater commitment to encouraging its adoption.
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    Insights from the California E-Bike Incentive Project

    CARB recently held a meeting to discuss its California E-Bike Incentive Project, and one major topic was battery certification requirements for all electric bikes sold under this initiative. While many stakeholders agree with this rule, as it will increase safety and prevent incidents like those in New York, where low-quality batteries caused fires, manufacturers remain concerned over its high costs and lengthy timescale for obtaining certification.

    CARB proposed increasing incentive amounts in response to these concerns to offset the higher cost of certified batteries. They suggested offering base incentives of $1,750 for standard, cargo, or adaptive bikes, with priority applicants receiving an additional incentive of $2,000. This represents a significant increase from their prior incentive structure and should make e-bikes with certified batteries more accessible.

    Program Highlights

    • Battery Certification: UL or EN-certified batteries are required for e-bikes to qualify.
    • Increased Incentives: Proposed base incentive of $1,750 with an additional $2,000 for priority applicants.
    • Application Process: The program will be launched in phases, with six release windows for vouchers starting in Q2 of 2024.
    State Program Name Incentive Details Key Highlights
    Colorado Tax Credit for E-Bike Purchases $500 tax credit per e-bike purchase - Estimated $100 million cost until 2033
    - Benefits local bike shops
    - Credit may reduce if economic growth < 4%
    Maine E-Bike Incentive Program Up to $500,000 in incentives for e-bikes - Administered by Efficiency Maine Trust
    - Expands electric vehicle rebate programs
    Minnesota Statewide E-Bike Rebate Program Up to $1,500 rebate or 50-75% of e-bike cost - $4 million funding over two years
    - 40% of rebates reserved for low-income residents
    Vermont Replace Your Ride Program Up to $5,000 for low-income residents - Includes e-bikes, electric cars, public transit
    Electrify Your Fleet Program $2,500 for organizations to purchase e-bikes - Focuses on electric mobility options for organizations
    Original E-Bike Incentive Program $400 for standard e-bikes, $800 for cargo/adaptive bikes - Over $70,000 in incentives distributed to date
    Washington Electric Bike Incentive Program $300 rebate for all, +$900 for low-income - $5 million total funding
    - $2 million for e-bike lending library
    California E-Bike Incentive Project Proposed $1,750 base incentive, +$2,000 for priority applicants - Requires UL or EN-certified batteries
    - Phased application process starting Q2 2024


    Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Vermont, and Washington have taken the initiative to encourage electric bike adoption through new programs. 

    Joining California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, all of which offer statewide incentives, these initiatives could make electric bicycles an integral component of sustainable transportation strategies across America.

    These programs represent an increasing commitment to lowering carbon emissions and making sustainable transportation more accessible. Incentives like e-bike rides are one fundamental way to foster a greener and cleaner future.


    The information on this page about state electric bicycle (eBike) incentives is for general guidance only. While we strive for accuracy, Macfox cannot guarantee the completeness or reliability of this information.

    eBike incentives, rebates, and tax credits vary by state and region and may change based on local government policies and budget allocations. Each incentive program's specifics, including eligibility, rebate amounts, and application processes, are determined by state or local governments and not by Macfox.

    We recommend consulting the relevant state or local government websites or contacting the appropriate agency for the most up-to-date and detailed information on eBike incentives. Macfox is not responsible for any actions taken based on this information and assumes no liability for any inaccuracies or omissions.

    This disclaimer applies to all information on this page. Macfox assumes no responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from the use or reliance on the information provided here.


    What are the common incentives offered for e-bike purchases?

    Incentives typically include tax credits, rebates, and direct discounts on e-bike purchases.

    Which states have implemented e-bike incentive programs?

    Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Vermont, and Washington have active programs, each with unique benefits.

    How do income levels affect eligibility for e-bike incentives?

    Some programs offer higher rebates or prioritize applications for low-income residents.

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