E-bikes: zero-emissions vehicles that you get to ride

E-bikes are catching on fast, and are particularly well-suited to our active lifestyle on western Colorado. They combine the environmental advantages of electric vehicles with the low cost and health benefits of biking.

An e-bike is a bicycle with a battery-powered "assist." When you pedal, a small motor engages and gives you a boost. That's a big help on hills, and it makes it easier and faster to commute or travel longer distances than on a regular bike. Many e-bike owners find that they ride more, and drive less.

As with an electric vehicle, an e-bike has an onboard battery that you charge when not in use. The charger plugs into a regular electrical outlet, and a full charge will give you 35-50+ miles of assist (depending on a lot of variables). Assuming typical electricity rates, the cost of a charge is literally just a few pennies.

Great news! Two area utilities now offer a $200 rebate on the purchase of a new e-bike. If you're a Holy Cross customer, apply here. Glenwood Springs Electric customers, use this form (it was designed for home energy efficiency rebates, but there's a check box for e-bikes at the end).

Several local retailers sell e-bikes – follow the Holy Cross link for a list.