California’s Statewide E-Bike Incentive Program

Electric bicycles are a healthy, easy, green alternative to driving, and are quickly becoming the vehicle of choice for thousands of Californians.


Status of the $10M E-Bike Incentive Program

Updated March 2, 2023.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has begun to outline the e-bike incentives program. Here’s what we know so far:

  • The incentives program will launch in the second quarter of 2023 and will be open to people living anywhere in California.
  • Qualifying applicants will get a voucher of up to $1,000 for a regular e-bike and up to $1,750 for a cargo or adaptive e-bike. People whose income is under 225% FPL or who live in disadvantaged (DAC) census tracts qualify for additional incentives of up to $250.
  • To qualify for the incentive program, participants’ household income is capped at 300% of the federal poverty level (FPL), with special priority given to those under 225% FPL or living in a disadvantaged community.
  • The program will support the purchase of Class 1 (up to 20 mph, pedal assist only) and Class 2 (up to 20 mph, pedal assist and throttle) e-bikes and Class 3 (up to 28 mph, pedal assist only).
  • Participants must purchase a bike from a California bike shop or online from a company with a business location in California.

We estimate that the $13 million budget of the pilot project will fund between 4,000 and 7,000 e-bike vouchers, but demand is likely to be much higher. CalBike is advocating for additional funding so the program can continue past this year’s pilot.

The electric bike is the cleanest electric vehicle and the one that most efficiently reduces GHG emissions.


Sign the petition to fund California’s e-bike affordability program:

Dear California Assembly Members, Senators, and Governor Newsom:

California provides rebates of up to $7,000 for people who buy electric cars, but there is no statewide program to help residents purchase the cleanest EV of all: an e-bike.

I support a $10 million allocation to provide grants to help people buy e-bikes. I want a program that prioritizes low-income Californians and supports local bike shops. Please vote yes on AB 117, and please fund the program in the 2021-22 budget.


About AB 117, the E-Bike Affordability Bill

The Governor’s proposed 2021-22 budget includes $465 million to the California Air Resources Board to “improve access to new and used zero-emission vehicles.” The ARB is supposed to prioritize cost-effective projects that have additional co-benefits (like boosting public health and local economies) and which especially benefit disadvantaged communities.

California currently provides a $7,000 rebate to people who buy electric cars, on top of federal tax credits, but there’s no such incentive for folks who purchase E-Bikes. It’s time for our state to step up and provide purchase incentives to get E-Bikes in the hands of those who can benefit from them most.


6 more reasons to make E-Bikes accessible for all Californians:

Reduce Emissions

California’s current strategies are not effectively reducing greenhouse gases in the transportation sector. A large increase in e-bike use could replace enough car trips to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Make E-Bikes Affordable

The price of an electric bike is out of reach for many Californians. The purchase incentives in AB 117 will give people who couldn’t otherwise afford an e-bike the financial support they need.

Low-cost Maintenance

E-bikes cost pennies to charge. They are one of the most efficient, convenient, and cheap-to-operate forms of transportation. E-bikes will save families money.

Get More People on Bikes

E-bikes allow people who couldn’t otherwise ride to get out on a bike. An electric motor lets you carry heavy loads and passengers you might not be able to manage under your own power.

Improve Public Health

Bike riding reduces health care costs, improves air quality, and provides excellent exercise. E-bikes replace smog-spewing car trips and allow people to realize the health benefits of bikes.

Provide an Alternative Transit Option

E-bikes give people who live in public transit deserts an affordable alternative to costly car dependency.

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