Hawaii electric bike and moped rebate

The e-bike and electric moped rebate program makes rebates of up to $500 or 20% of the retail price available for eligible purchases of newly purchased electric bicycles and electric mopeds. The statute authorizing this program is HRS §196-7.8

Applications open at 12 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. The online application can be found at https://arcg.is/1rvTTX2

Hard copy applications may be requested by calling (808) 831-7931.

The following restrictions apply:

  • Only valid on purchases of new electric bicycles capable of speeds of no more than twenty-eight miles per hour, and electric mopeds.
  • Purchase must be made at a retail store on or after July 2, 2022.
  • Rebate amount is limited to the lesser of $500 or 20% of the retail price.
  • No individual shall receive more than $500 in total rebates each fiscal year.
  • The rebate application and supporting documentation must be submitted within 1 year of purchase. Failure to apply within twelve months of the date of purchase shall constitute a waiver of the right to claim the rebate.
  • Applications that do not meet program criteria will not be considered.
  • The Department reserves the right to verify purchase.
  • The Department is not liable to pay any rebate if sufficient funds are unavailable.

Program Criteria:

  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older, and can prove one of the following:
    • 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 a school, college, or university

Safety reminders for current and prospective electric bicycle and electric moped riders:

  •  Wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet. For bike helmets, HDOT recommends using the CDC Bike Helmet Safety guide to pick out a good helmet. For moped helmets, look for weight, thickness, sturdy chinstraps, as well as “DOT” and manufacturer’s labels (e.g., Snell or ANSI) to help in selecting a safe helmet.
  • Do not ride an electric bicycle or electric moped on any sidewalk. https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol05_Ch0261-0319/HRS0291C/HRS_0291C-0145.htm
  • Do not “pack” or carry passengers. Applicable laws here and here.
  • Follow the rules of the road. You are responsible for obeying all traffic rules, including but not limited to riding only where bikes and mopeds are permitted, riding with the flow of traffic, using front and rear lights, stopping at traffic signals, and yielding to slower bicyclists and pedestrians.

Updated: Feb. 27, 2023

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