• Apr 2nd 2010 at 2:52PM
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If you happen to live in Colorado and have a hankering for a brand-new electric motorcycle, we have good news. The rest of us... well, we can take a moment to wish we lived in Colorado, at least in time to make our desired zero-emission two-wheeled purchase of choice.

The Colorado Alternative Fuel Vehicle Credit will apply a savings of up to $6,000 to your chosen electric motorcycle, to which you can add another 10 percent credit from the federal government. For those keeping track, that will put the final price of the Zero S or DS at just $4,107 (after a $4,888 tax credit in CO). That will net you a highway-capable machine that can go up to 50 miles per charge. Still too rich for your blood? How about a brand spankin' new Brammo Enertia for just $3,000? We're feeling pretty trigger happy with this news right about now... anybody have a really good friend in Colorado?




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      • 5 Years Ago
      I DO have really good friends in CO but unfortunately I'm not a motorcycle person (I don't ride). This is REALLY going to be good for the small companies like Brammo and Zero though. Awesome move to increase sales. Brammo has already lowered their price once and if volume sales can be realized, perhaps the prices will come down even further.

      Does anyone know how $3k to $4k compares to new gassers with comparable power? Is this still much more expensive than a gasser? Because gassers are REALLY loud for this type of offroad bike and as such these tend to be used outside of the city. Electric drive is silent and could potentially open up a whole new market with prices like these.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Comparing these electric bikes to gas bikes is an apples-to-oranges comparison. The problem is: ALL electric bikes are WAY more expensive than petrol powered cycles - you can buy a decent (petrol) scooter for $2,000 to $3,000 without any incentives - both Brammo and Zero need to find ways to lower their cost of production. And, of course, motorcycles - both petrol and electric - are impractical in the rain, in the snow, on windy days, in cold weather, and at night.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What is comparable? Looking only at power is probably not ideal, since electric power is different from gas power (e.g. a 280hp Tesla keeps up with a 500hp Ferrari). Looking at top speed, the Kawi KLX 250SF or Honda CRF230* are pretty similar to the Zero. They MSRP for $5-6k. You may pay a little less.

        The Brammo is a bit slower, more like a 150-200cc bike, which could be more like $3-4k.

        I would say these incentives make the electrics cheaper than comparable gassers.


      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm all for clean vehicles but these rebates are ridiculous, i'd be pretty pi$$ed if I was a taxpayer south of the border because those are your dollars...
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is an investment to jump start the future. By the time these rebates start to phase out there will be enough on the road that people will have figured out what they are good for and people will be buying them on their own because they will see that they are desirable in their own right. Certainly it is cheaper than our continuing presence in the middle east.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes and no. The govt doesn't actually hand you a check. What it means is that you'll just owe a bit less to the IRS. Knowing how efficient the govt is, it's quite a nice thing...they'd waste your money anyway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is incorrect. The tax rebate has always been MINUS any federal rebates. Also, since Jan 1 2010, there is a cap on the total rebate, so the whole Tesla/Lexus thing is a bit moot. ALSO, this has always been for licensed, registered vehicles only, so off-road and recreational vehicles don't count. Put plates on it! New news is good news! Colorado has a new law for 2012 to 2016, providing near identical incentives for "Innovative" vehicles. Licensed, registered ELECTRIC CONVERSIONS are eligible for 75% of their conversion cost, up to $6000. Plug ins get up to $7500? Unclear if full-electric qualifies for the extra $1500 max. Until 2011, converting a vehicle more than ten years old earned a 100% cost rebate, no sign of that now (Colorado REALLY wants "unsafe" old vehicles off the road). As of Jan 1st 2012, any excess rebate (beyond what you owe) is no longer extended to subsequent years, but is now paid in full. Yes, you can get a check! Long story short, putting an $8000 EV conversion in your old Beetle gets you $6000 back! Lithium batteries, anyone? Read the full PDF file here: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1251713597816&ssbinary=true
      • 5 Years Ago
      Human-powered vehicles need not apply? Great boost for a developing technology and cool that these are highway-capable, but I'd rather see incentives that apply to all clean transportation. Bike+bus is a killer combination in the Denver metro area.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know some people are happy, but illogical incentives like this need to be fixed. The point is to electrify transportation . . . not to provide a cheap weekend dirt-bike toy for someone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Zero makes a Dual Sport bike and the Brammo Enertia is a solid commuter bike. This is not about providing a "cheap weekend dirt-bike toy for someone." It's about ... sigh... does anyone have the energy left to reiterate the reasons why electric vehicles are a good idea? I've said them so many times that I grow tired of trying to educate the folks who just pop in with a random, unsupported criticism.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is a street legal, highway capable commuter bike. A lot of folks I know ride motorcycles to work to save money on gas (especially in '08 when the Bush administration engineered gasoline prices upwards of $4/gallon). Imagine having all the fun of a motorcycle and paying about 1/5th as much to fuel it as a fossil fuel bike. Win, win.

        All these tax incentives will go away within 2 years and are just to level the playing field against the heavily subsidized oil companies. Just google oil company subsidies and you'll get an eyeful of the perverse incentives that make oil so ridiculously cheap while sticking us, the middle class taxpayers, with the bill for it all. So even though I wish these tax credits were not necessary I know for a fact that they are very much needed and do not even make it a level playing field (but electric vehicles are so much better than their ICE counterparts that they can still compete even with an uphill battle - just not a wipeout).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes you MAY get the street-legal bike . . . buy you might also buy one just as a weekend dirtbike toy. I don't mind using the incentive for a commuter motorcycle . . . but a tax-subsidized weekend toy? How about battery powered Jet-skis, should those qualify? Battery powered trolling motors for your fishing boat . . . can those get subsidies too?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow 3000 for the brammo enertia. That's the price it should be set at to begin with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      (especially in '08 when the Bush administration engineered gasoline prices upwards of $4/gallon).

      Price in Sacramento is now over $3, with 12% unemployment, falling home prices, and 15% pay cuts for state employees.

      What's Obama engineering?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why can't I live in a state with big EV incentives.... i hate my life.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeeaaahh.. at least we have federal incentives though... which aren't too bad at all... on cars, anyway :p
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet anyone in colorado with a little extra time on their hands(laid off?) and a small amount of venture capital(unemployment bennifits?) will be buying one of these and then proceeding to sell it on ebay or craigslist to people in other states with less incentives.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks for the info Nixon, it appears that it may be harder to game the system than I thought. I don't understand why they didn't approved the Zero S, but maybe they will fix that oversight as I think it is the most capable electric motorcycle available.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a tax credit, not a tax rebate, which means it only reduces your tax owed with any extra never returned to you in cash. So the purchase price is the same and you have to wait till the next April 15th to see any benefit.

        If I were in CO and a "friend" of mine in another state suggested I go through all that hassle for them I'd quickly reconsider whether that person is indeed my friend.

        /All these tax credits should be replaced by a tax refund - which you can sign over to the dealer thereby getting the reduced price right out the door.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And being unemployed doesn't cut it either. The tax credit is credited against actual taxed income. Meaning you have to have have enough income to owe the state $4888 in taxes before you can apply that tax credit against the taxes you owe.

        You would have to have over $100,000 in TAXABLE income in order to receive this full tax credit back in 1 year. On the good side, if you can't take the full tax credit in the first year, you can roll-over the tax credit for up to 5 years. That means if you have a taxable income of $50,000 or so, you can get the tax credit over 2 years.

        You also have to keep the vehicle for at least 6 months, and continue to be employed in Colorado until you have enough Colorado taxes to take the tax credit. This definitely isn't an easy way to get rich quick off of colorado tax credits.

        Also, the FYI page on this tax credit (Alternative Fuel Vehicle Income Tax Credit) only lists the Dual Sport version of the Zero motorcycle as qualifying for this $4888 credit. Not sure what other motorcycles from Zero or other manufacturers would be handled. Bramo isn't listed by name, so I don't know the status of that.
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