E-Bike Incentive Program

Phase 2 of the Compact’s E-bike program has reached capacity and is no longer accepting applications at this time. Applicants placed on the waitlist will be issued vouchers on a first come first serve basis if/as they become available.

The Cape Light Compact, with funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, has contracted 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. A standard voucher will cover 75% of the cost of a Class 1 e-bike, up to $1,200. An enhanced voucher will cover 90% of the cost of a Class 1 e-bike, up to $1,500. Learn more  below.

 

Customer Application and Safety Tips

The Cape Light Compact is no longer accepting applications for Phase 2 of the E-Bike Program.

Click here to view our e-bike safety tips!

Information for Bike Shops

Participating bike hop 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 approximately 165 e-bike vouchers in 2024.

How does the program work?

The Compact will issue vouchers to qualified customers that can be used at any participating bike shop to cover 75% of the cost of an e-bike, up to $1,200, or 90% of the cost of an e-bike, up to $1,500. The voucher will also cover the cost of bike accessories (e.g., helmet, bike lock, bike lights, or pump). Grant funds are limited. Vouchers will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participating bike shop benefits:

  • The Compact will pay participating bike shops an administrative fee for each bike sold (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 the Program website and in 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

Program Information for Customers

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:

  • 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
  • Income eligibility: In order to receive a standard voucher through this program, you must meet the income eligibility criteria listed below:
Number of Household Members Annual Gross Household Income
1 Up to $45,392
2 Up to $59,359
3 Up to $73,326
4 Up to $87,7294
5 Up to $101,261
6 Up to $115,228
7 Up to $117,846
8 Up to $120,465
  • In order to receive an enhanced incentive through this program, you must be a recipient of a means-tested program. Eligible programs include:
    • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP/Fuel Assistance)
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Veterans Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Surviving Parent or Spouse
    • MassHealth – Basic or Standard
    • School Breakfast/Lunch Program
    • Emergency Assistance for the Elderly, Disabled & Children (EAEDC)
    • Veterans Non-Service Disability Pension
    • Public or Subsidized Housing
    • Commonwealth Care Plan Types 1, 2, or 3A
    • Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)
    • Health Safety Net Plan – Primary or Secondary (Not Partial)
    • Head Start
    • Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutritional Program
    • Veterans’ Service Benefits (Chapter 115)

Applicants must submit documentation that they receive benefits under one of the above programs, or document their income, as described on the income form.

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. There are two types of e-bike vouchers:

  • a standard voucher, which covers up to 75% of the pre-tax cost of an eligible e-bike, up to $1,200, and
  • an enhanced voucher, which covers up to 90% of the pre-tax cost of an e-bike, up to $1,500.

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 approximately 165 vouchers in 2024. 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 the shop where you purchased it.

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.