Electric Bicycles - A Great Way to Get Around Vermont

April 05, 2024

Get Your Pedal Assist On!

Battery powered electric bikes (E-Bikes) and other low speed plug-in vehicles are now in Vermont - if you’re looking to drive less (or not at all) there are some great options out there.  Several excellent resources are listed below to help shed light on E-Bike and other efficient transportation options.  Whether you’re located near the upper valley, Montpelier, Brattleboro, Burlington or another part of the state, someone can help you consider your options for pedal assist E-Bike transportation.  Resources include organizations that will work with you to design your own E-Bike solution, authorized dealers for popular E-Bike brands, and online resources to stay current on the latest E-Bike and efficient transportation news.  There are many more resources available online and in local bike shops - let us know if you you’re aware of other resources we should include!

Introduction to Electric Bikes

Watch our 1 minute video for a quick introduction to E-Bikes and then dive in to the resources below for more information.

Vermont Resources



VBike is a nonprofit organization dedicated to shifting the bike and bike culture in Vermont towards an inclusive, fun and transportation-oriented future.  VBike's main focus is to promote exciting innovations and solutions, including electric-assist technology and cargo bikes, which profoundly expand the range, carrying capacity (children and cargo), hill climbing ease, comfort and the overall utility of biking.

To get Vermont moving on these advances in bike transport, VBike has developed diverse fleet of electric bikes for families, commuters, seniors and others to provide hands-on experiences of these mobility solutions. The fleet, which is unique in the US, has been featured around Vermont for test rides at community events, and workshops.

In 2016, VBike piloted its highly successful Take it Home program, providing Brattleboro area residents an opportunity experience their daily errands and trips by taking home one of our electric-assist fleet bikes for a up to a period of a week. The project inspired widespread adoption of e-cargo bikes and e-bikes in the area. VBike is working to expand the Take it Home program statewide in 2017. To make these options more accessible to Vermonters, VBike supported the VSECU credit union in developing Vermont's first low-interest loans for bikes.

VBike also works under contract with Go Vermont to provide free bicycle consultations for Vermonters looking to purchase a cargo bike, e-assist system or anything related to bike transport. VBike also provides cost-free support and consultations to the state's bike shops. 

Local Motion

Local Motion is a Vermont statewide nonprofit advocating for walkable and bikeable communities.  They have many resources on their website for cyclists, including their information on their e-bike loaner program which provides free short term loans of several different types of e-bikes.

Go Vermont

Go Vermont is a Vermont Agency of Transportation program designed to help Vermonters reduce the cost and environmental impact of driving. They offer free carpool matching and vanpool services, and statewide bus routes, as well as resources to help you make the switch to more efficient travel options at work or at home. Go Vermont information on commuting via bicycle and other helpful information on their bicycling page.

Vermont e-Bike Incentives

Burlington Electric Department

BED offers a $300 discount on an e-bike purchase for existing customers.

Green Mountain Power

GMP offers a $200 discount on an e-bike purchase for their customers.

Stowe Electric Department

Stowe offers a $150 rebate on an e-bike purchase for their customers.

Vermont Public Power Supply Authority

VPPSA offers a $100 rebate on an e-bike purchase for customers served by one of the following public power utilities: Barton Village, Village of Enosburg Falls, Hardwick Electric Department, Village of Jacksonville, Village of Johnson, Ludlow Electric Light Department, Lyndonville Electric Department, Morrisville Water and Light Department, Northfield Electric Department, Village of Orleans, and Swanton Village.

Washington Electric Coop

WEC offers a $100 discount on an e-bike purchase for their customers.

State of Vermont

The State of Vermont offered eBike incentives to income-eligible Vermonters. Funding for this program is depleted and future availability will depend on additioanl appropriations from the Vermont Legislature. Separate from the State E-bike incentives, some Vermonters with 10+ year old vehicles may be able to scrap their car and get up to $5,000 for an E-bike and/or other clean mobility options through the Replace Your Ride program. Details are available at our State incentive resource.

Vermont e-Bike Shops

A growing number of local shops offer electric bikes in Vermont. The list below is a resource for e-bike shoppers, but we do not specifically endorse retailers.

Business NameCityWebsitePhone
AJ's Ski & Sports Stowe http://www.stowesports.com/ 802-253-4593
Alpine Bike Works Killington https://www.alpinebikeworks.com/ 802-773-0000
Battenkill Bicycles Manchester Center https://battenkillbicycles.com/ 802-362-2734
Bennington Bike Hub Bennington https://ourbikehub.com/ 802-445-4000
Betty's Bikes Burlington https://www.bettysbikes.org/ 802-322-3889
Bicycle Express Waterbury https://www.bikeexpressvt.com/ 802-882-8289
Bootlegger Bikes Jeffersonville & St. Albans https://bootleggerbikes.com/ Jeffersonville 802-644-8370
St. Albans 802-782-8747
Bradley's Pro Shop Manchester https://www.bradleysproshop.com/ 802-367-3118
Brattleboro Bicycle Shop Brattleboro http://www.bratbike.com/ 802-254-8644
Burrows Specialized Sports Brattleboro https://www.facebook.com/BurrowsSpecializedSports 802-254-9430
Chuck's Bikes Morrisville https://chucksbikes802.com/ 802-888-7642
Earl's Cyclery S Burlington https://www.earlsbikes.com/ 802-864-9197
Electric Transport L3C Bellows Falls https://www.e-solutions.org/e-bikes/ 802-354-1410
First Stop Ski and Bike Shop Killington https://www.firststopboardbarn.com/ 802-422-9050
Frog Hollow Bikes Middlebury https://froghollowbikes.com/ 802-388-6666
The Gear House Randolph https://www.gearhousevt.com/ 802-565-8139
The Great Outdoors Newport, Morrisville, Enosburg Falls https://www.greatoutdoorsvermont.com/ Newport 802-334-2831
Morrisville 802-888-3718
Enosburg Falls 802-933-4815
Green Mountain Bikes Rochester https://bigtownvermont.com/green-mt-bikes 800-767-7882
Hitchhiker Bike Shop Stowe https://hitchhikerbikes.com/ 802-585-3344
The Jay Cloud Cyclery Montgomery Center https://www.thejaycloud.com/ 802-326-2055
Lamoille Valley Bike Tours Johnson https://www.lamoillevalleybiketours.com/ 802-730-0161
Little City Cycles Vergennes https://www.littlecitycycles.com/ 802-877-3000
North Star Sports Burlington https://northstarsportsvt.com/ 802-863-3832
Old Spokes Home Burlington https://oldspokeshome.com/ 802-863-4475
Onion River Outdoors Montpelier https://www.onionriver.com/ 802-225-6736
Power Play Sports Morrisville https://powerplaysportsvt.com/ 802-888-6557
RAD Innovations LLC Cornwall https://www.rad-innovations.com/ 802-382-0093
Red Clover Bikes Fairlee https://redcloverbikes.com/ 802-222-4748
REI Co-op Williston https://www.rei.com/stores/williston/bike-shop 802-316-3120
Rutland City Bikes Rutland https://www.rutlandcitybikes.com/ 802-786-3800
Skirack Burlington https://www.skirack.com/ 802-658-3313
Vermont Bike & Brew Thetford https://vtbikeandbrew.com/ 802-274-2277
Vermont Bicycle Shop Barre https://www.vermontbicycleshop.com/ 802-622-8222
Waterbury Sports Waterbury https://www.waterburysportsvt.com/ 802-882-8595
West Hill Shop Putney https://www.westhillshop.com/ 802-387-5718

Online Resources

Electric Bike Report

Electric Bike Report has news, guides, reviews, tips and more on all different brands of E Bikes.  They also have a YouTube channel with detailed reviews of many different electric bike models.

Charged Magazine

A great resource to stay up to date on electric vehicles, Charged covers anything and everything renewable energy, battery technology, clean alternative transport systems, E bikes, EVs on the market and EVs soon to be released.

Karl Kemnitzer

Karl Kemnitzer is an e-cargo bike developer in the upper valley of Vermont.  He has been doing custom builds for many years and regularly updates his blog: My Solar Electric Cargo Bike.  The blog contains years of various projects working on e-cargo bikes of different designs and guides on how to become a part of the e-cargo bike world.


Other Options

Electric Motorcycles

Want something more efficient than a car, but capable of traveling on the highways for longer trips? You might consider an electric motorcycle. There are several exciting options for zero emission motorcycles, including well reviewed models from Zero which are now available at Cyclewise in New Haven, Vermont and other northeast dealerships. Harley-Davidson also has their Livewire electric motorcycle now available.

Neighborhood Electric Vehicles

Just need to get around campus or town? A neighborhood electric vehicle might fit the bill for you. Under Vermont statute, these are limited to a maximum speed of 25 mph and are street legal on roads with speed limits up to 35 mph. GEM is one of the leading manufacturers, with many different models and configurations available, including one with seating for up to 6 people!

Organic Transit

Organic Transit is a company that provides a transportation alternative to people who want to save money by not going to the gas station but also want protection from the elements.  ELF is an alternative vehicle that rides with the comfort of a car, gives you the exercise that a bike would and gets the equivalent of around 1,300 miles per gallon with a solar panel to help power your electric assist.