Senator Omar Fateh Statement on E-Bike Rebate Relaunch

SAINT PAUL, Minn.  On Tuesday, June 25, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that it would begin accepting applications for the e-bike purchase rebate program on July 2. This second open application date comes after a previous open application periods was postponed due to technical website issues. This new program will provide an estimated 1,300 Minnesota e-bike buyers with rebates of up to $1,500. 

More information is available from the Department of Revenue, including how to register for email updates in order to enter the first come first serve pool as quickly as possible. 

Senator Omar Fateh (DFL-Minneapolis) issued the following statement:

“I am happy to hear the Department of Revenue is ready to re-launch the application process on July 2, and encourage everyone to register now to receive the email alert that the website is live and ready for your participation. This provision is important. I will continue to work with my colleagues and the administration to improve and expand access to e-bikes in the years to come, and it’s clear that Minnesotans are eager to see us take those steps. I share in the regret that the website crashed on the first launch, but am excited to know the cause was that tens of thousands of us were trying to take advantage of this fantastic new benefit.

Many members of the public have raised questions about why the tax rebate for e-bikes was implemented on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. As chief author of this important provision, I would like to provide some clarity on why the statute was designed this way. There are two main reasons for this approach. First, this is a common approach to how Minnesota enacts a rebate program with a finite pool of money: In this case, $4 million was made available, with $2 million in this round, and another $2 million in 2025. This method saves additional administrative steps that would have to be taken by members of the public and overseen by the Department of Revenue that would come through a lottery system. 

The second reason is that our bill was modeled on the e-bike rebate program established in Denver, which was popular and successful. Ours will be too, as demonstrated by the overwhelming demand seen upon the first attempt at opening the sign-up process. It is clear that the e-bike rebate we passed this year should be only the beginning of our investment to bring more people into this mode of transportation, one that will result in a healthier population, less traffic on the streets, and a cleaner environment for all of us.” 

Omar Fateh represents Senate District 62, which covers the community of South Minneapolis.

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