Almost half of Vermont’s carbon emissions come from the transport of people and goods around the state. Vermonters tend to travel farther from their homes to employment, services, and shops than do many other Americans because of the rural character of our state.
By getting cleaner cars and trucks on the road, Vermont can take a giant step towards reducing its total contribution to climate pollution. That’s why ANR is working with the Drive Electric Vermont, the Agency of Transportation and other partners encourage Vermonters to purchase and lease electric vehicles (EVs) and more fuel efficient cars and trucks.
EVs: A Powerful Climate Solution and Much More
EVs are taking off in Vermont, and for good reasons.
Opting for Clean Travel. When plug-in “all electric” vehicles or plug-in “hybrid” vehicles drive on electricity, they don’t emit carbon pollution and other air pollutants harmful to our health. Electric vehicles are very climate friendly even when you take account of the emissions associated with the generation and distribution of electricity used to power them, because a high percentage of Vermont’s electricity comes from hydro, solar and wind power. As the supply of renewable energy grows here, they will get cleaner still!
- Saving Money! Plugging-in to power EVs is equivalent to paying a $1 or less for a gallon of gasoline, and maintenance costs are much less. This makes the lifetime costs of owning an EV cheaper than the cost of owning a traditional gasoline-powered car, even in this time of cheap oil.
- Supporting Vermont’s Economy. In 2013, Vermonters spent almost $1.5 billion to purchase gasoline and diesel fuel — and almost 70% of these dollars left the state for the purchase of these products from the global petroleum market. EVs keep many more of those dollars right here in our economy.
Vermonters are discovering that not only are EVs clean and green, they are also safe and fun to drive.
ANR’s Leadership on Clean Vehicles
Vermont regulates auto emissions to the greatest extent allowable under federal law. In 1996, we adopted California's Low Emissions Vehicles regulations and in 2000, we adopted new Zero Emission Vehicle (or ZEV) regulations requiring auto-makers to sell electric vehicles.
Then, in 2014, the governors of eight states including Vermont signed an agreement to work towards getting 3.3 million EVs on their collective roads by 2025.
We’ve made good progress. In just eight years, EVs have increased more than ten-fold in Vermont, from just 88 in 2008 to well over 1000 today. But this still represents just over 1% of all new passenger vehicle sales. To reach our goal of making 15% of all new vehicles sales in Vermont EVs by 2025, we must fully implement the Vermont ZEV Action Plan and encourage all Vermonters to consider EVs when purchasing or leasing a vehicle.
ANR is also supporting the state’s GoGreen Vermont Fleets Initiative to electrify the state fleet, already the largest electric fleet in the state with 49 hybrids and 13 plug-ins.
It’s time to plug in!
- Hear from Ross Powers, a well-known Vermonter and Gold Medalist US Olympic snowboarder, about why he likes EV driving.
- Find out why Vermont families like EVs
- Check out Drive Electric Vermont’s buying guide
- The U.C. Davis EV Explorer offers a handy calculator to consider your commute costs for electric and gasoline vehicle options
- Explore the locations of public charging in Vermont, and learn about incentives for purchase and lease soon to be available through Drive Electric Vermont’s web site
- Explore incentives for installing charging infrastructure at Vermont workplaces
Regardless of what you drive, you can make a real difference by finding ways to reduce the miles you travel in cars and trucks. Go! Vermont provides a one stop source of information on opportunities to take public transit. Choosing to live in close proximity to where you shop, work and take children to school is the fastest way to reduce “Vehicle Miles Traveled” making it one of the best all-around climate solutions.