Plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) representing a range of different manufacturers will be on display, and their owners will be available to discuss their experience with their cars, during Islands Electric Day on Saturday, Sept 21 in Grand Isle.
The event, co-hosted by Vermont Electric Co-op and Drive Electric Vermont, will run from 10 am to 1pm at the Grand Isle School on US- Route 2. The event is part of the nation-wide Drive Electric Week.
“Electric vehicles will be a big part of future Vermont’s transportation future and will help us reduce the climate impact from transportation,” said Rebecca Towne, VEC’s chief executive officer. Noting that better technology and new vehicle models are coming out every year, she urged VEC members and anyone else interested in the fast-moving technology to attend the Grand Isle event to take a close look at these cars, and talk with their owners.
David Roberts, Drive Electric Vermont coordinator, said, “Vermont has a record number of Drive Electric Week events this year as interest grows and more models are available. These get-togethers are an excellent opportunity to learn about all-electric and plug-in hybrid EVs, including incentive availability as well as fuel and maintenance savings that make switching to an EV more affordable than running on gasoline.”
At the event, representatives from VEC and Drive Electric Vermont will also be on hand to provide information about incentives, EV model availability, the deployment of charging infrastructure, and more.
The number of EVs registered in Vermont continues to climb, up to 3,288 as of July 1 – a growth rate of 26 percent over the previous year.
EVs are cleaner and have a much lower climate impact than cars powered by gasoline or diesel, and the cost to operate them is lower, too. For instance, driving in electric mode provides the equivalent of paying just $1.50 per gallon of gasoline. In addition, because electric rates tend to be steadier than fossil fuel prices, costs are more predictable as well.
There are several models of all-electric available in Vermont now that offer well over 200 miles of range on a single charge. Plug-in hybrid models, because they have a gasoline back up engine, offer significantly more range than that.
VEC offers bill credits for members purchasing or leasing EVs. In addition, VEC members purchasing Nissan Leafs get an additional $5,000 off the price through a special discount from Nissan. More information about the VEC incentives are available on the VEC website: www.vermontelectric.coop/programs-services/electric-transportation
The event is free and open to all. Learn more and RSVP to join at:
About Vermont Electric Cooperative
Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), established in 1938, is a non-profit, member-owned electric distribution utility that provides safe, affordable, and reliable electric service to approximately 32,000 members in 75 communities in northern Vermont. Nationally recognized for innovative and advanced use of technology, VEC is the largest locally-owned electric distribution utility in Vermont. www.vermontelectric.coop
About Drive Electric Vermont
Drive Electric Vermont is a project of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation in partnership with the State of Vermont, industry representatives, and a broad array of stakeholders advancing electric vehicle technology. www.DriveElectricVT.com