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Vermonters Turn Out to Learn About Electric Vehicles

Aug 10, 2012

Contact:
Kelly Lucci
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
(802) 540-7630
klucci@veic.org

August 9, 2012 – Burlington, VT – More than 200 Vermonters turned out yesterday to learn more about electric vehicles and test drive them on the streets of Burlington.

The “Electric Vehicle Demo Day” event, which was co-hosted by Drive Electric Vermont and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), provided an opportunity for members of the public to take a close look at the electric vehicles that are in dealer showrooms today. Safe, powerful, and widely available, electric vehicles can plug into any conventional electric outlet. They are also increasingly affordable to purchase and operate: driving an electric vehicle costs 2-4 cents per mile, while a gas-fueled vehicle costs 10-15 cents per mile.

Among those who attended the event was Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, who noted that electric vehicles are likely to play an increasingly important role in the city’s transportation mix. “As a city, Burlington has set ambitious goals to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our energy independence,” he said. “I am very pleased to see so many people taking this opportunity to learn more about electric vehicles, and help further our long-term vision for transportation efficiency.”

In addition to Mayor Weinberger, other leaders who turned out to “kick the tires” on the variety of electric vehicles on display included Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, House Speaker Shap Smith and Burlington Electric Department General Manager Barbara Grimes.

Karen Glitman, Director of Transportation Efficiency at VEIC, said turnout at the demo day far exceeded the expectations of event planners. “We are thrilled that more than 200 Vermonters came out today to learn more about electric vehicles,” she said. “Transitioning our transportation system away from its dependence on gasoline will have an enormous impact on our economy - helping to keep more dollars local, rather than sending them overseas. We are really looking forward working with all the stakeholders of Drive Electric Vermont to continue getting the word out about the current availability of electric vehicles and get more of them on the roads in our state.” Electric vehicles are already registered in more than 50 Vermont communities.

Drive Electric Vermont is a project of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation in partnership with the State of Vermont, Project Get Ready, and a broad array of stakeholders advancing electric vehicle technology. For more information, please visit driveelectricvt.com.

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