June 25, 2024

Atlanta Proves E-Bike Rebates Are Still Scorching Hot

Plus, Ampersand partners with BYD for batteries to build 40,000 e-motos

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What You Need to Know Today

Atlanta’s inaugural e-bike rebate program received over 4,500 applicants in the first 12 hours—or 1% of the city’s entire population. For the first round of rebates, the city significantly underestimated demand. Only 700 are available.

A new report finds that dockless micromobility fleets are taxed 23 times more than personal vehicles and is subjected to double taxation through sales tax and program fees.

Ampersand is collaborating with BYD to provide 40,000 e-motorcycle battery cells in an initiative to electrify East Africa’s commercial motorcycle network.

Image Credit: Ampersand

River, the Begaluru-based two-wheeled EV startup, invested $48 million in a new manufacturing and R&D facility in the Hoskote region. River has recently raised $67.5 million from several investors, including Yamaha Motor Co, Toyota Ventures, and Maniv Mobility.

After the NHTSA sat on pedestrian crash data for over 4 years, Congress is launching a probe to determine how vehicle design has contributed to the severe increase in pedestrian (and cyclist) deaths.

UK delivery giant Evri invested $19 million to develop its e-cargo bike fleet. The company will add up to 99 bikes in the upcoming year and has ambitious plans to build a fleet of 3000 e-cargo bikes in the next decade.

Image Credit: Evri

A scientific study confirms that building bike infrastructure leads to double digit increases in cycling. Shocking, we know.

New York City’s shared e-mobility will receive a $32 million boost in state funds, with $5 million apportioned for shared micromobility.

Uh oh. In an effort to regulate minors from illegally riding off-highway vehicles, like ATVs and UTVs, Arizona legislators passed a wide-reaching bill that accidentally outlaws 12- to 15-year-olds from riding e-bikes.

Swedish-based Clean Motion announced that it will move all of its Zbee e-3W 3-wheeled rickshaw manufacturing to Pune, India. The company expects to increase production to 1,000 units/month by 2026.

Image Credit: Clean Motion

Pierer Mobility predicts a 15% decline in its e-bike divisions, GasGas and Husqvarna, for 2024.

UK bicycle industry experts hope a three-month rise in the Consumer Confidence Index, warmer weather, and upcoming elections will reverse a recent retail slump.

Ukraine is sourcing heavy-duty e-mopeds from Latvian defense supplier Mosphera, highlighting their strategic advantage of moving swiftly and quietly across terrain that is inaccessible to larger military vehicles.

Image Credit: Ināra Mūrniece

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