Analysis: E-bike subsidies are more cost-effective than EV subsidies

The transition to electric personal mobility is here. Electric bikes, electric scooters, electric cars, electric cybertrucks – all are #trending, boding well for at least reducing CO2 and other pollution in the transportation sector. It is also good to see that the District, Maryland, and Virginia are investing in subsidies to help speed along the adoption of these vehicles, but in a world of constrained resources, DC’s proposed e-bike-only subsidy packs the most pollution-fighting power of the bunch.

Introduced by Councilmember Brooke Pinto on January 12, the subsidy would provide 3,000 instant rebates worth either $400 or $1200, depending on household income, as well as an extra $500 for those purchasing cargo bikes, which tend to be more expensive.