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Denver’s e-bike program returns as Polis pushes for more EVs statewide

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Eric Herbst from the Denver Bicycle Library explains the features of an electric bike.Photo byBryan Bechtold / National Renewable Energy Lab via Flickr

By Matt Whittaker / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) Denver’s electric bicycle incentive program will return at the end of the month, reviving a popular rebate scheme that dovetails with state efforts to reduce emissions.

After exhausting its funding and being put on pause in October, the rebate program kicks off again at 11 a.m. on Jan. 31.

“Rebates will go fast,” the city said on its e-bike rebate landing page. “Make sure you have all paperwork ready and be online at 11 a.m.”

This year, Denver residents can get a $300 standard rebate for an e-bike or $500 for an e-bike built to handle larger cargo loads like kids or family-sized grocery runs. Those rebates rise to $1,200 and $1,400, respectively, for people who meet lower-income requirements.

Other release dates for the program are: 

  • Tuesday, March 28
  • Tuesday, May 30
  • Tuesday, July 25
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28 

Meanwhile, Gov. Jared Polis this week submitted an amended fiscal year 2023-2024 budget request that includes $20 million to $30 million per year for clean transportation.

That funding would include extended and expanded electric vehicle rebates and statewide incentives for electric bikes. 

“This package will build on one-time funding for e-bikes and public transportation from the 2022 legislative session and provide similar tax credits for electric bikes, a rapidly growing mode of last-mile transportation which complements our investments to save people money on public transportation,” the governor’s office said.

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