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Why shouldn’t the government help Americans get electric bicycles?

2/25/2021 11:58:00 PM

If the U.S. is going to subsidize electric cars, why shouldn’t it help pay for electric bikes?

Why shouldn’t the government help Americans get electric bicycles?

named the “Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment Act,” or—brace yourself—the “E-BIKE Act.” If passed in its current form, the bill would offer Americans a refundable tax credit worth 30 percent of a new e-bike’s purchase price, capped at $1,500. Any e-bike or e-cargo bike costing less than $8,000 would be eligible. In practice, a purchaser of a new e-bike for $3,000 could claim a $900 credit on her following year’s tax return (and she could do so again if she buys another one three years later).

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AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementWhy underwrite electric bikes? Panetta says he’s motivated by a desire to fight climate change: “This bill can lower the financial barrier to biking, and e-bikes can lower our carbon footprint,” he told me. He cites a

recent studythat found that a 15 percent e-bike mode share (the portion of a person’s total travel that occurs on an e-bike) would translate to a 12 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from passenger transportation. The congressman is on firm ground here: An e-bike’s per-mile emissions are

a fraction of those from even an electric automobile, and the e-bike’s extra pedal power makes it an appealing substitute for a car on trips that might be too distant or unpleasant for a pedal bike. The bill itself isn’t perfect, particularly because e-bike suppliers will need time to catch up to a sudden, government-prodded spike in demand. But would its passage be a big step forward for urban transportation? Yes.

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Answer: because there aren't millions of gas guzzling bikes on the road that we need to replace. climate Because peddling doesn't harm the environment and producing more bicycles doesn't advance EV and battery technology. And devices that can be used by disabled people The subsidies are for carmakers not drivers

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