Minnesota e-bike rebate applications postponed after website failure

The Minnesota Department of Revenue is postponing the launch of its e-bike rebate program application window after the website has failed.

The application window was supposed to open at 11 a.m. on Wednesday for the 2024 cycle. However, as soon as it opened, it seems the application website went down.

The error that popped up after the application site went live for the Minnesota e-bike rebate program. (FOX 9)

In an update Wednesday afternoon, the Department of Revenue says it will postpone the application launch.

"The online application for individuals to apply for an e-Bike Rebate Certificate is experiencing technical issues," officials write. "Due to these issues, the application will not be available today, June 5, 2024. We are working with our external technology vendors engaged for this program to understand and fix the technical issues on the site."

Those looking to apply on Wednesday were met with an unwelcome sight –  an error page. When FOX 9 tried to log on, we only got a warning saying, "Looks like the site is experiencing higher than usual demand…"

The new launch date is not yet known.

What if my application is accepted?

If you were one of the lucky few who were able to submit an application, the Department of Revenue says you don't need to re-submit.

The Department of Revenue says they are working to identify anyone who successfully submitted an application to let them know their application was received.

"The e-bike bill legislation directed the rebates to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis," a Department of Revenue statement reads. "Due to this provision, we will provide additional information on when the application will open again so potential applicants can plan ahead."

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What does the rebate cover?

With the rebate, the state will cover 50 to 75 percent of a qualifying $1,500 purchase, depending on your income.

Any Minnesota resident over the age of 15, who was not claimed as a dependent on 2023 tax forms, is eligible to apply.