Vt. officials push for e-bike use with new incentives

Published: Jun. 29, 2023 at 6:29 AM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont state leaders are wheeling in green options trying to get more people to quit cars.

The Vermont eBike Incentive Program, which first launched in July 2022, is offering income-eligible Vermonters a pre-paid voucher to get an electric bike. This is the second time e-bike funding is being offered, with the program first launching last year.

The funding is available on a first-come-first-served basis until the entire $150,000 grant runs out. Eligible electric bikes must meet minimum safety standards and cannot exceed maximum price levels of a base MSRP of $4,000 for single bikes and $5,000 for electric cargo bikes.

“It has a number of different benefits and the more people that are biking, the more safe it is for people to bike. And of course, you create a healthier community and you reduce local emissions within those communities to improve air quality and the sort of life we’ve come to enjoy,” said VTrans’ Patrick Murphy.

The list of other requirements for this incentive can be found on the Drive Electric Vermont website.

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