Californians will now be eligible to receive a $1,500 rebate when they purchase qualifying electric motorcycles. Last week the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, helped to promote Zero Motorcycles, which are the first electric bikes to qualify for this rebate. This means that the Zero DS dual Sport Motorcycle and the Zero S Supermoto, will be available for $7,495 (plus tax) after the $1,500 rebate, PLUS, you get a 10% federal tax credit, making these bikes cost less than 1 cent per mile to run!

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One cent per mile!?! With an offer like this, Californians should be ditching their cars and hopping on electric bikes for incredibly affordable, super efficient, low carbon transportation. Couple that with getting your electricity from renewable energy and you’ve got a zero carbon ride for probably less than a couple dollars a day. Plus, the Governator endorses it!

During the press event last week, Schwarzenegger said, “Zero Electric motorcycles are very important technology and this is great for California because this is an ideal place to ride motorcycles… I love the financial side of these motorcycles because they cost less then one cent per mile to operate and you get a 10% federal tax credit plus a California rebate of $1,500. That equates to a 25 percent price reduction making these electric motorcycles affordable for anybody. It’s part of our overall strategy to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2020.”

Zero Motorcycles also announced its “Discover the Experience Tour” across California to promote the new bikes and the new state incentive. The tour will kick off in Santa Cruz then head to San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, San Diego, and Los Angeles, and demo rides on the entire product line will be available. Want to know more about Zero Motorcycles? Check out our in-depth coverage from our Lea Bogden on the Zero S model.

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Via Autoblog Green