MN E-Bike Rebate Details
The State of Minnesota passed an e-bike rebate bill!
Like any occasion where money is available for free, actually getting the rebate will be a little complicated.*
This page is designed to help you better understand some highlights of the program. The information below is our best understanding of this program as of October 2023. Before deciding to pursue or abandon the rebate process yourself, please reference the official MN state resources.
*That's Minnesota speak for tricky as heck!
Freewheel Bike is committed to taking every action to support and participate in the Minnesota e-bike rebate program when it opens in July 2024. We're proud our state is leading the way in making the e-bike a more attainable form of transportation.
Below are some highlights and answers to questions we've received regularly since the announcement of the rebate.
E-Bike Rebate Highlights
When does the MN e-bike rebate program start?
The program is set to open in July of 2024. Nearly every news story leaves out this crucial fact.
How do I apply?
As of this writing, October 2023, details have yet to be released on how to apply.
What are my chances of getting the rebate?
Based on the published budget, 1,333 vouchers for the maximum rebate amount could be issued in 2024.** For context, Minnesotans purchased an estimated 20,000 e-bikes in 2023.
Will I qualify for an e-bike rebate in the Minnesota program?
Individual income must not exceed $25,000 / year to qualify for the maximum rebate. Higher earners may still be eligible at lower rebate levels. The program also reserves 40 percent of funding for people earning less than the state's median income of $41,000 per filer.
Is the MN e-bike rebate retroactive?
No, but we hope that will change. As of this writing, the rebate will only be available to e-bikes purchased after an individual is approved for a rebate by the state of Minnesota. As of today, no individual has been approved, and no path to approval has been published. Approvals will not be issued until sometime in July of 2024.
Read the Full Bill
Of course, there are many more details, exceptions, and rules.
The exact billing language can be found on Line 156.1 of HF 2887
Instant Rebate Alternative
If you don't want to wait until next summer is half-over. Or you don't want to gamble with your odds of qualifying. Or you don't find reading house finance bills all that exciting, we've got you covered right now. Many of our instant rebates on current stock bikes exceed the maximum rebate you'd receive if you wait until July and are lucky enough to snag one of the State's vouchers.
If today's not right for you, we'll be diligently on the lookout for news releases of the application process. We'll post updates and announcements here and on our social feeds just as soon as we have them.
Our friends at the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, who helped craft this program, have a great breakdown that can be found here: BikeMN
More details and examples of income impacts to qualification can be found in this news article: MPRNews
** 1,333 is based on every awarded applicant receiving the maximum rebate of $ 1,500.