Electric Bikes (E-Bikes)

1. Overview

Thank you for your partnership and support in making our e-bike rebate program a success! As of May 11, we have temporarily reached capacity for e-bike rebates and will not be accepting additional applications at this time. Denverites can stay in the know and sign up for notifications for when our application is live again. 

E-bikes are electric bicycles with a motor that gives riders a boost. E-bikes use rechargeable batteries and travel up to 28 m.p.h. When you use an e-bike to get around, you can: 

  • Save thousands of dollars per year on fuel and maintenance by replacing daily car trips with e-bike rides 
  • Bike greater distances and across harder terrain 
  • Set aside worries about arriving sweaty at your destination 
  • Reduce your carbon footprint while running errands or commuting to work 

2. E-Bike and E-Cargo Bike Instant Rebates

Thank you, Denver, for your enthusiasm to make the switch to e-bikes!As of May 11, we have temporarily reached capacity for e-bike rebates and will not be accepting additional applications at this time. We’ve received 3,250 rebate applications, 40% of which are income-qualified.

If you’ve already applied for a rebate, your application will be processed within 5-10 business days and will not be affected by this temporary pause. If you have already received your rebate voucher, you will still be able to use it at a participating bike shop.

We will open the application again for limited rebate releases as funding is available throughout the year. Stay in the know and sign up for notifications for when our application is live again!

As part of the Denver Climate Action Rebate program, the city is also incentivizing the deployment of highly efficient, all-electric energy equipment for Denver residents.

Participant Eligibility

The applicant must be a resident of Denver, Colorado and 16 years of age or older. Proof of a physical Denver address is required. All documents presented must be dated within one year of application. Examples: 

  • Computer Generated Bill (utility, credit card, doctor, hospital, etc.) 
  • Bank Statement 
  • Pre-Printed Pay Stub 
  • First-Class Mail (from a government agency or court) 
  • Current Homeowner's, Renter's, or Motor Vehicle Insurance Policy 
  • Mortgage, Lease, or Rental Contract 
  • Transcript or Report Card from an Accredited School 
  • Motor Vehicle Registration 
  • USPS Change Of Address Form (CNL107), 
  • DD214 
  • Individuals who are unable to provide acceptable documents to verify their physical Denver, Colorado address may be eligible to provide alternative documents to meet the requirements 

To meet the “Income-Qualified” requirement, the applicant must meet one of the following:  

(a) current enrollment in the State of Colorado Low-Income-Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) 
(b) current enrollment in Energy Outreach Colorado’s Colorado Affordable Residential Energy Program (CARE) 
(c) current enrollment in Colorado’s Weather Assistance Program (WAP) 
(d) current enrollment in another Xcel Energy income-qualified demand side management program 
(e) current enrollment in Xcel Energy’s income-qualified Community Solar Gardens program 
(f) current enrollment in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 
(g) current enrollment in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) 
(f) have a household income below 60% of the state of Colorado’s median income, below 200% of the relevant federal poverty level, or below 80% of area median income

Instant Rebate Amounts

  • $400 for all Denver residents, $1,200 for income-qualified residents
  • Additional $500 for e-cargo bikes 
  • Incentive cannot exceed the total purchase price 
  • One e-bike per person 

E-Bike Eligibility

All classes of e-bikes (1, 2, 3)

  • Class 1: an electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 m.p.h.
  • Class 2: an electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance regardless of whether the rider is pedaling but ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 m.p.h.
  • Class 3: an electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 28 m.p.h.

The electric motor must be 750 watts or less and cannot be gas-powered

Full-suspension mountain bikes are excluded from the program

No minimum or maximum purchase price

E-Cargo Bike Eligibility

E-cargo bicycles must have an extended frame designed to carry additional people or cargo. E-cargo bike must meet the following criteria: 

  • Designed to carry one or more passengers in addition to the rider
  • Designed for carrying heavy or bulky loads 

OR e-cargos bikes are determined by having three of the four following  

  • Bike has a published total weight capacity (rider+bike+cargo) rating of at least 400lbs. 
  • Bike has an extended frame designed to carry additional containers, bags, passengers or has included as a standard component a cargo rack.
  • Bike has additional attachment points (front/back) to support the addition of racks/baskets/seats.
  • Bike marketed or advertised as a "cargo" or "utility bike" beyond what would be typical for an e-bike used for commuting. 

To qualify for the e-bike rebate, the purchased e-bike must be purchased from a participating bike shop after the launch of the e-bike Climate Action Rebate program for use by the e-bike rebate applicant and not for resale. 

Participating bike shops: 

  

3. E-Bike Libraries in Denver