E-Bike Incentive Program

 

The Cape Light Compact, with funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, is contracting with local bike shops to offer an Income-Eligible E-Bike Incentive program. The Compact will issue vouchers to income-eligible participants that can be used at participating bike shops to cover 75% of the cost of a Class 1 e-bike, or up to $1,200.

 

Information for Bike Shops

Participating bike shop requirements are as follows:

  1. Collect Program vouchers from participants;
  2. Stock (or have available for order) affordable models of Class 1 e-bikes; and
  3. Promote the Program by displaying the customer-focused flier (to be provided by the Compact) in a visible place.

Participating bike shops will execute a contract with the Compact and will need to provide evidence of commercial liability insurance. The Compact anticipates issuing between 150 and 200 e-bike vouchers.

How does the Program work?

Any adult resident of the Cape or Martha’s Vineyard who meets Program income requirements qualifies for an e-bike voucher.

Household Size Annual Gross Household Income must be below:
1 $40,950
2 $53,550
3 $66,150
4 $78,751

 

Anyone currently on the income eligible electric rate or meeting the Compact’s income eligible criteria qualifies for a voucher. The Compact will issue vouchers that can be used at any participating bike shop to cover 75% of the cost of an e-bike or up to $1,200. The voucher will also cover the cost of bike accessories (e.g., helmet, bike lock, bike lights, or pump). Customers will also receive a $100 gift card from the Compact if they schedule and complete a Home Energy Audit through the Cape Light Compact (gift cards will be issued upon completion of the Audit). Grant funds are limited. Vouchers will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

The Compact anticipates covering a portion of the cost of the e-bikes upfront to prevent a costly reimbursement process and to mitigate financial burden on bike shops. The Compact will also cover the cost of bike maintenance for the year following purchase.

Participating bike shop benefits:

  • The Compact will pay participating bike shops an administrative fee for each bike sold (anticipated to be 10% of the retail price of each bike)
  • Bike shops will gain access to a new customer base
  • The upfront costs of e-bikes will be covered by the Compact
  • Bike shops will be listed on Program website and all Program literature

Apply Now:

Application Form

Download or print out the application, then return your completed application to mariel.marchand@capelightcompact.org OR Cape Light Compact JPE,
Attn: Mariel Marchand, 261 Whites Path, Unit 4, S. Yarmouth, MA 02664.

Contact Information:

Cape Light Compact JPE

info@capelightcompact.org

1-800-797-6699

Information for Participants

Click here to apply online now or download the application PDF

 

How it works:

  • The Compact will issue vouchers that can be used at participating bikes shops to cover 75% of the cost of a Class 1 e-bike up to $1,200.
  • The voucher will also cover up to $125 toward the cost of bike accessories (e.g., helmet, bike lock, bike lights, or pump).
  • The Compact will also cover the cost of bike maintenance for the year following purchase.
  • Customers will also receive a $100 gift card from the Compact if they schedule and complete a Home Energy Assessment through the Cape Light Compact (gift cards will be issued upon completion of the Audit). Audits are available to homeowners and renters.

Grant funds are limited. Vouchers will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Who qualifies:

Any adult year-round resident of the Cape or Martha’s Vineyard who meets the income requirements. Anyone currently on an income-eligible utility rate or meeting the Compact’s income-eligible criteria qualifies for a voucher. Only one voucher per household will be issued.

Household Size Annual Gross Household Income must be below:
1 $40,950
2 $53,550
3 $66,150
4 $78,751

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cape Light Compact Income-eligible E-bike Incentive Program FAQs

 

How do I apply?

You can apply online on the Cape Light Compact website: https://www.capelightcompact.org/ebikerebate/

You can also submit your application via mail or email. The application can be downloaded here: https://www.capelightcompact.org/ebikerebate/

How does the program work?

The program is funded by a grant through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and is administered by Cape Light Compact. Incentives will be issued on a first come first serve basis until all grant funds are spent. To participate, you need to submit a program application. If you are deemed eligible and there are grant funds remaining, you will receive a voucher approval letter from Cape Light Compact. The letter will contain a unique identification number. The voucher can be redeemed at participating bike shops. The program voucher approval letter includes a voucher for an e-bike and a separate voucher for eligible e-bike accessories.

Who is eligible?

Qualified participants must be at least 18 years old and meet program income and residency requirements:

  • Income eligibility: In order to participate in this program, you must meet the income eligibility criteria listed below:
Number of Household Members Annual Gross Household Income
1 Up to $40,951
2 Up to $53,551
3 Up to $66,151
4 Up to $78,751
5 Up to $91,351
6 Up to $103,951
7 Up to $106,314
8 Up to $108,676

 

  • Participants must be a year-round resident of one of the following towns served by Cape Light Compact:

Aquinnah, Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Chilmark, Dennis, Eastham, Edgartown, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Oak Bluffs, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Tisbury, Truro, Wellfleet, West Tisbury, Yarmouth

  • Only one voucher per household will be issued.

What is household income?

It is the total income before taxes and deductions for ALL household members over the age of 18 living full- or part-time in residence.

What if I don’t have a recent tax return? 

There are several other acceptable forms of documentation listed on the income form. As long as all income and household members are documented, these items are accepted in place of a tax return.

 How much is the voucher? What does it cover?

Program participants will receive two vouchers: an e-bike voucher and an accessory voucher. The e-bike voucher can cover up to 75% of the pre-tax cost of an eligible e-bike, up to $1,200. The accessory voucher covers $125 worth of eligible e-bike accessories at a participating bike shop. Eligible accessories include: e-bike locks, helmets, pumps, and lights. Unused vouchers (or portions of vouchers) cannot be exchanged for cash.

What is an eligible e-bike?

Any class-1 electric bike available through a participating bike shop is eligible through this program. Class 1 e-bikes are pedal assist, have no throttle, and have a maximum speed of 20 mph.

Where can I use my voucher?

Your voucher can be used at any participating bike shop. You do not have to use your e-bike voucher and accessory voucher at the same time or at the same bike shop. A list of participating bike shops is available here: https://www.capelightcompact.org/ebikerebate/

How many vouchers are there?

We anticipate issuing about 200 vouchers through this grant. If more funds become available, we will update the program website and this FAQ. You can always contact the Compact to find out how many vouchers are left.

What if I have a problem with my bike?

If you have a problem with your bike, please take it back to shop where you purchased it. The program covers repairs and maintenance for one year after purchase.

Where can I charge my bike?

You can charge your bike outside if you have access to a power source and a secure place to store it. You can also remove the bike battery and bring it inside to charge.

What are e-bike loggers?

We are recruiting 25 volunteers to attach a logger to their e-bike. Volunteers will receive a $100 gift card after three months of use. The loggers will collect information on how often you use your bike and how many miles you ride. The loggers will NOT collect location data. All data will be anonymized and will not be shared. If you are interested in attaching a logger to your bike, contact Mariel Marchand at mariel.marchand@capelightcompact.org or at 508-375-6623.