BikeTexas Gets First Rebates in Country for E-bike Fleet
August 1, 2016
With food and product deliveries becoming more common to homes and businesses especially in downtown Austin, a new electric bicycle program provides a clean energy alternative for making deliveries in downtown’s congested streets.
BikeTexas is the first to receive a rebate from Austin Energy’s new E-Bike Fleet program for a fleet of new electric bicycles. The fleet rebate program is the first of its kind in the nation.
Mayor Steve Adler and Council Members Ann Kitchen, Leslie Pool and Sabino ‘Pio’ Renteria will join representatives with BikeTexas at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the Austin City Hall Plaza to unveil 25 electric bikes purchased by BikeTexas to promote the use of e-bikes. The media are invited to ride the e-bikes on a tour with the Mayor and Council Members downtown and along Lady Bird Lake.
Equipped with the proper panniers and carrier racks, e-bikes can easily deliver groceries and meals while reducing fuel, insurance and maintenance costs for restaurants and retail store operators.
“It’s not just about delivering pizza anymore,” said Debbie Kimberly, Austin Energy Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions. “Restaurants, grocery stores, on-demand delivery apps, and other retailers are responding to customers who want to order online and get it delivered to their home or place of business. E-bikes are an easy, convenient alternative to making deliveries in congested areas.”
With parking at a premium downtown, e-bikes can easily be parked at any bicycle rack or convenient spot without the need to look or pay for a parking space.
As part of the City of Austin’s and Austin Energy’s initiatives to electrify transportation options downtown, riders can charge their bikes at a solar kiosk on Electric Drive near the former Seaholm Power Plant that will be installed by the fall. There are also over 100 Austin Energy public charging stations with 110-volt capabilities throughout Austin using 100 percent renewable energy.
Austin Energy’s electric transportation charging infrastructure supports the City of Austin’s goals to reduce congestion and emissions.
“Electric bikes are a significant part of the solution for congestion challenges we face in Austin,” said Robin Stallings, Executive Director of BikeTexas. “We’re excited about our fleet of electric bikes and the way we will be able to highlight the best of Austin’s active transportation infrastructure.”
E-bikes can also be used at large campus settings such as at technology companies where employees can ride e-bikes between campus buildings for lunch or off-campus gatherings.
With a 34-mile average range on a 2-hour charge connected to a common wall socket, an e-bike rider is more than likely to double the range of a typical 3 to 5-mile commute on a regular bicycle and double the 2-mile typical commute on a regular bicycle to a transit station.
An e-bike rider is also more likely to ride an e-bike in hilly areas and on hot, cold or windy days, making it an excellent choice for commuting.
To be eligible for a fleet rebate from Austin Energy, applicants must purchase five to 25 qualifying e-bikes.
Eligible electric two-wheel vehicles:
- E-Bikes: Two-wheel and three-wheel electric bikes
- E-Scooters: Two-wheel and three-wheel electric scooter
- E-Motorcycles:Two-wheel and three-wheel electric motorcycles
- E-Mopeds: Two-wheel electric mopeds
The amount of rebate per bike is based on the cost of the eligible e-bike:
|Price Range (including tax)||Rebate|
|$300 - $499||$100|
|$500 - $999||$200|
|$1,000 - $2,000||$300|
For more information about the E-Fleet Program, visit www.pluginaustin.com. BikeTexas is the statewide non-profit organization that advances bicycle access, safety and education at the local, state and federal level. For more information, visit www.biketexas.org.