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Austin Energy encourages e-bike riding with rebate program

Friday, May 15, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

With Bike Month underway in Austin and across the nation, and with bicycling considered a suitable social distancing-friendly transportation mode, Austin Energy is reminding customers of their opportunity to get money back on all kinds of electric purchases, including electric bikes, scooters, mopeds, Segways, and motorcycles, through its E-Ride rebate program. The utility offers rebates from $50-$300 depending on the cost of the electric two- or three-wheeled vehicle. Spending any amount up to $499 on an E-Ride qualifies customers for the base $50 electricity rebate while the full $300 is reserved for purchases of $2,000 or more. Residents must buy their bikes through one of 19 qualifying local bicycle or electric scooter shops in order to qualify, and applications with a receipt must be submitted to the utility’s website within 60 days of purchase. Once approved, checks are mailed to applicants within six to eight weeks. With many people homebound, the utility is promoting cycling for mental and physical health. “Whether you’re hitting the trails or just cruising around your neighborhood, biking is a great way to relieve stress and get some exercise,” the utility said via Twitter. Businesses and organizations also qualify for rebates of up to $400 per vehicle when purchasing at least five e-bikes under the condition of allowing the utility to provide Austin Energy branding for each bike.

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