A growing trend when it comes to green initiatives is electric bike rebates. Some states offer them, and the province of British Columbia in Canada does too (https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/b-c-rolls-out-higher-rebates-for-e-bikes-1.5042182). Their popularity can be evidenced by a short-lived initiative in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The city rolled out an e-bike rebate program with a $50,000 (CDN) budget. The response was overwhelming, with the money used up in weeks. A mere 83 people received rebates. Further, the plan was scrapped for 2021-22, citing COVID-related budget restrictions.
What can you do if your city, province, or state does not offer rebates for green initiatives such as e-bike rebates? Lobby them! Write your representative, and ask them to put forward a motion.
One final caution: read the fine print. Some jurisdictions require that the bike be purchased locally.
Please blog a response if you’ve been successful in receiving a rebate – let’s build some momentum!