Great news – the State of Vermont is making progress on an incentive program for new electric car purchases! The annual transportation bill (H. 529) recently passed the Legislature and is expected to be signed by the governor.
This bill included at least $1.1 million toward electric car incentives for Vermont households. Incentives will be available on new plug-in electric vehicle (EV) purchases or leases. The program will be limited to vehicles with base pricing of $40,000 or less and households with annual income below about $92,000 (officially 160% of the state median household income).
Details on incentive amounts and means of delivery will be determined by the Vermont Agency of Transportation as the program administrator, who hopes to launch the program in the fall of 2019.
We appreciate the work of Governor Phil Scott, Legislators and many others who have supported the development of a state incentive program over the past several years.
Vermont Electric Utility EV Incentives
While the State of Vermont’s new incentive program is still in the works, electric utilities like Green Mountain Power, Stowe Electric, and Washington Electric Co-op have recently updated their incentive programs. Read about them and all other current electric utility and federal incentives. Read more by clicking here.
June Electric Vehicle Events
Downtown Randolph Block Party Electric Vehicle Exhibit: Saturday, June 1, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, downtown Randolph.
Celebrate community spirit and enjoy the beautiful spring in Randolph’s forested downtown! Hosted by Randolph Area Community Development Corporation and Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance, the Block Party will be full of lawn games, food, floodplain forest trail tours, and of course, cars. If you’re an owner or an admirer of impressive cars both classic and innovative, check out the Randolph Auto Meetup at the Block Party. There will be new electric cars on site for you to study firsthand. The electric vehicle exhibit will run from noon to 3 pm, with the block party festivities continuing until 6 pm. Read more here.
Waterbury LEAP 2019 Electric Vehicle Fest: Tuesday, June 4th, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Waterbury’s Crossett Brook Middle School
Join Waterbury LEAP and Drive Electric Vermont for an evening of free food and EV-based fun! There will be pizza, ice cream, drinks, and many electric vehicles on display, including the Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan LEAF, and Tesla Model S. There will also be an overview talk on EV ownership including updates on available incentives. Read more here.
If you’re interested in bringing your electric car or other volunteer opportunities please contact Duncan McDougall at 477-2968 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun CARnival: Saturday, June 8th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at South Burlington’s Veteran’s Memorial Park
Join Drive Electric Vermont, and other partners to experience the latest electric car, motorcycle and bicycle options in Vermont and experience the future of driving. This promises to be one of the biggest EV events of the summer! At least 13 EV models on hand with many available for test rides/drives! Add to the fun with electric -bikes, live music with Red Hot Juba, food trucks, Ben & Jerry’s Ice-cream, a solar powered bounce house, yard games and more. This is a free event with fun for the whole family. Read more here.
Peacham Farmers Market Electric Car Expo: Thursday, June 13th, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Peacham Village Green, 555 Bayley Hazen Rd, Peacham, VT
Join the Peacham Energy Committee, Green Mountain Power and area electric vehicle dealers to learn about available electric car models, incentive programs, charging at home and more. Experts and local owners will be on hand to answer your questions about driving electric in Vermont. Read more here.
Please contact the organizers email@example.com call 802-503-1258 for more details or if you’re interested in bringing your electric car out.
Richmond Electric Vehicle Expo: Saturday, June 29th, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Richmond Free Library
Join the Richmond Climate Action Committee, Drive Electric Vermont, Green Mountain Power and the Vermont Electric Coop for an afternoon exploring electric cars and bikes, including the wide variety of models available, incentive programs, charging at home and more. We’ll have experts and owners available to cover the basics and answer questions about plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) in Vermont. Read more here.
Please contact the organizers at richmondclimateaction@
gmail.com if you have questions or an electric car you’d like to bring.