Our bill directs the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create a Ride Clean e-bike program that would provide an immediate 50% rebate to anyone buying an e-bike, up to $1,100. This new program would essentially be an expansion of the existing “Drive Clean” electric car (EV) rebate program, and would not require any additional funding. The expanded program would help those who find it difficult to participate in the existing EV rebate (working people and city residents) be able to afford a sustainable, accessible mode of transport.
The EV models currently eligible for the Drive Clean rebate average $40k. For New Yorkers wealthy enough to afford that price point, there is a debate over whether these incentives even matter. E-bikes cost an average of $2.2k. That's still expensive, but with the Ride Clean rebate, much more likely to be within the reach of working New Yorkers. It would also be the country's first state-wide e-bike incentive program.
Legislation was first introduced in September 2020 and expired with the close of the 2019-2020 legislative session, and was re-introduced at the start of the 2021-2022 legislative session in January 2021.
The 2021 version of the bill can be found here: A516
The 2020 version of the bill can be found here: A10974
Sponsor: Robert Carroll
|Jo Anne Simon||Zohran K Mamdani||Sandy Galef||Linda Rosenthal||Phara Souffrant Forrest|
|Patricia Fahy||Steven Englebright||Marcela Mitaynes||Anna Kelles|
|Khaleel Anderson (Energy)||Emily Gallagher||Charles Barron||Emily Frontus*|
|Chantel Jackson||Alicia Hyndman||Gina Sillitti||Jessica Gonzales-Rojas*|
*Not yet appearing on the Senate tracking page.
Committee: Energy https://nyassembly.gov/comm/?id=14&sec=mem
The 2021 version of the bill can be found here: S3080
The 2020 version of the bill can be found here: S9019
Sponsor: Julia Salazar
|Brad Hoylman||Luis Sepulveda|
|Jabari Brisport||Gustavo Rivera|
Committee: Energy & Telecommunications
|Storage||Bike Rack/Apartment||Parking space (making it impractical for most city residents)|
|Maintenance||Annual bike shop tuneup $80||Expensive specialty mechanics|
|Charging||Any home/work outlet||Charging station|
|Environmental Impact - Production||Light and potentially local||High and requires significant extractive strip mining|
|Environmental Impact - Operation||Light
Efficient mass to movement ratio
Light weight means no damage to infrastructure and very low particulate generation from small tires.
Inefficient mass to movement ratio - multi-ton car to move hundreds of pounds of passengers & cargo
Extremely heavy weight means significant damage to infrastructure. EV sedans are as heavy as large trucks because of their batteries.
Heavy EVs create significant tire particulates (PM 2.5) from tires that wind up in our air and our oceans.
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