Plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) are fast, fun, and efficient. Maintenance is simpler and cheaper. Re-"fueling" is as simple as plugging into an electrical outlet, and you'll spend the equivalent of about $1.50 per gallon of gas to do so. EVs increase our energy independence and contribute to healthier air and lower carbon emissions. Multiple purchase incentives are available to help reduce the cost of buying an EV.
Drive Electric Vermont can answer most all your questions, including how EVs work, different models available for sale in Vermont, and purchase and ownership costs. Their factsheet on EVs covers standard purchase and lease costs, and their incentive calculator helps you figure your net cost. You can double check with this summary of federal, state, and utility incentives for electric cars, by zip code.
MileageSmart is a program that aims to get more high-mileage cars on the road in Vermont for Vermonters who are at or below 80% median income (for Windsor County, $63,600 for a household of 4). It's for used cars, purchased through Vermont dealers, rated at 40 MPG or higher (currently 37 eligible models, including gas-electric hybrids, electric with gas backups, and all-electric). It offers an incentive of 25% of the vehicle cost, up to $5,000.
Other Resources on EVs
This calculator by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows emissions from gas, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, by zip code.
A guide to buying a used electric car.
From the Department of Energy, the eGallon calculator to compare the costs of driving with electricity vs. driving with gasoline.
Click here for a collection of articles on EVs and buying and driving them.
Click here for information about the Preferred Electric Vehicle Dealership Network (Burlington area).
Click here for a March 2021 webinar covering EVs 101, affordability, shopping for an EV, and stories from EV drivers.
Click here for a May 2020 webinar on EVs and a Q/A sheet, plus other resources.
Click here for the presentation from the EV Expo, September 2017.