Nation’s First Electric Bike Fleet Program Starts Up in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas—A new electric bike program is starting in Austin and it's the first of its kind in the nation.

Austin Energy is giving Bike Texas the first rebate for its new E-Bike Fleet program.

The new program offers a clean energy alternative for making deliveries in downtown's congested streets.

The bikes average a 34-mile range on a two-hour charge and are often used in hilly areas.

"So it is real exciting to be in a city that is actually coming up with a program that will encourage and enhance E Bicycle use as parts of fleets,” said Austin mayor Steve Adler.

To get a fleet rebate from Austin Energy, applicants have to purchase five to 25 qualifying E Bikes.