Governor Peter Shumlin and Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner of the Department of Buildings and General Services, announced today that the State is accepting the donation of two plug-in hybrid electric sedans from Toyota. The two Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids will be delivered to Montpelier in the next few weeks to be added to the state’s fleet.
“I want to express my gratitude for this generous donation. It comes at a perfect time, as we are taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint by encouraging industry and consumers to look seriously at building charging stations and purchasing Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs)” Shumlin said.
“The State of Vermont is leading by example,” said Toyota General Manager George Brenner. “Providing Vermonters with more hands-on experience should benefit the state as it moves forward with policies and investments to support greater consumer acceptance of ZEVs.”
Brenner said Toyota was committed to investing in ZEV technology and interested in working with the State to promote a ZEV refueling infrastructure, including electricity for plug-in vehicles and hydrogen for future fuel cell vehicles.
The Governor touted innovation and advancing technology that will transform the auto industry, and through the use of electric vehicles, reduce the significant demand we have for fossil fuels.
“It is happening now, it is happening here, and it is happening across the country. Within 10 years there will be a revolutionary number of electric vehicles on our roads, resulting in cleaner air and a lessened dependence on oil and gas,” Shumlin said.
Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, added, “This is a terrific example of how public-private partnerships can build a robust market for advanced technology vehicles in Vermont, which promise to yield significant reductions in greenhouse gases and other motor vehicle pollution.”
The two vehicles will be incorporated into the State’s motor pool fleet for daily driving on State business. The vehicles will be scheduled for trips that maximize the advantages that the electric powered miles provide.
The State of Vermont recently signed a multi-state agreement to work with seven other states to accelerate the growth of ZEVs by working together to adopt strategies and public-private partnerships for the deployment of charging stations with a goal of having 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the roads by 2025. The State is also a partner with the Province of Quebec in developing an electric vehicle charging corridor between Vermont and Quebec.