The program begins today, February 28th for qualified residents in Hawaii. This rebate program, similar to ones in other states, was created to aid those who truly need some form of transportation. The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) stated the goal is to "reduce the cost of living and cost of transportation by providing rebates for the purchase and use of electrical bicycles and electric mopeds."
However, people who qualify must meet the following criteria:
- 18 Years of Age or Older
- Participation in a low-income assistance program such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Section 8.
- Do not own a motor vehicle with four or more wheels.
- Current enrollment in school, community college, or university.
These rebates are available for the purchase of new e-bikes with a max speed of up to 28 mph or the purchase of new electric mopeds made at a retail store after July 1st, 2022. The rebate is capped at 20% retail price or $500, whichever is lower.
Director of HDOT, Ed Sniffen, had this to say on the rebate program, "Wide adoption of electric vehicles, including bicycles and mopeds, will help move us toward our clean energy goals while filling a key gap in mobility for many in our state. HDOT will continue to support programs that encourage Hawaii residents to use vehicles with lower emissions that enhance their transportation alternatives."
State by state, city by city. Electric bikes and e-rideables are slowly taking over. Across the globe, local governments are slowly adjusting and adapting to the changing transportation landscape. This will bring about the necessary change for a greener future. Furthermore, the next thing local governments need to tackle is infrastructure. Rarely in the U.S., do cities have enough lanes and laws built around micro-mobility. If you happen to be one of the millions who have joined GOTRAX already be sure to make an effort in your community for increased focus and awareness on the personal electric vehicles and their riders.
Ride Together. Ride GOTRAX!