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Old 01-26-23, 04:42 PM
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California rolling out e-bike rebates

https://www.calbike.org/bike_purchase_incentives/
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has begun to outline the e-bike incentives program. Hereís what we know so far:
  • The incentives program will launch in the first quarter of 2023 and will be open to people living anywhere in California.
  • Qualifying applicants may be able to 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 communities qualify for additional incentives.
  • To qualify for the incentive program, participantsí household income is capped at 300% of the federal poverty level (FPL).
  • 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.
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For 2023 the Federal Poverty Level is $9440 + (number of people in household)*5140.

If there are 3 people in the household, the 2023 FPL is 9440 + 3*5140 = 24860. The CARB is proposing that the incentives be capped at 3x the FPL, so if there are 3 people in the household, the rebates would be limited to those making less than 3*24860 = $74580.
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Moved here from General Cycling
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I don't think this includes conversion kits, which is really a huge oversight.
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I can understand that, but the intent of the proposed rebate is to generate purchases from a broader population that may not currently be interested in e-bikes rather than from those who already are.
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Originally Posted by RChung View Post
For 2023 the Federal Poverty Level is $9440 + (number of people in household)*5140.

If there are 3 people in the household, the 2023 FPL is 9440 + 3*5140 = 24860. The CARB is proposing that the incentives be capped at 3x the FPL, so if there are 3 people in the household, the rebates would be limited to those making less than 3*24860 = $74580.
It does seem rather stingy to have such a low income cutoff. On the other hand , one could argue that low income users would ride their e-bikes more because they either donít have a car or canít afford gas. Whereas the middle/upper income person might just use their e-bike as a weekend toy. So it could be more bang for the buck to subsidize the low income e-bike buyers.
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"People whose income is under 225% FPL or who live in disadvantaged communities qualify for additional incentives."
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Originally Posted by linberl View Post
I don't think this includes conversion kits, which is really a huge oversight.
that would be pretty hard to really show what you bought as most would not have a clue about them.
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Originally Posted by fooferdoggie View Post
that would be pretty hard to really show what you bought as most would not have a clue about them.
II don't see why kits can't be labelled class 1 or 2 or whatever. Easy to do. If it has pas and can't take a throttle and is limited to <20mph it's class 1, etc.
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Originally Posted by linberl View Post
II don't see why kits can't be labelled class 1 or 2 or whatever. Easy to do. If it has pas and can't take a throttle and is limited to <20mph it's class 1, etc.
most kits are bought on amazon and such or from china.
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Originally Posted by fooferdoggie View Post
most kits are bought on amazon and such or from china.
Well couldn't they "certify" certain kits for rebates? Golden Motors, Lunacycle, Grin Tech, etc., the well known ones. Buy from them and get a rebate or buy else where and no rebate. Doesn't seem that hard to me, lol. Like getting rebates on certain kinds of appliances that meet criteria.
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