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Governor Shumlin Promotes Electric Vehicles at Vermont Statehouse

Apr 19, 2013

Governor Shumlin addresses the crowd at Drive Electric Vermont's Demo Day event in Montpelier Governor Shumlin addresses the crowd at Drive Electric Vermont's Demo Day event in Montpelier.

Governor Peter Shumlin was on hand to help kick off a Drive Electric Vermont demo day for electric vehicles at the Statehouse in Montpelier. The event also served as a celebration of the new hybrid electric vehicle that is being added to the state fleet, and a new public charging station located just across the street from the Statehouse.

The Governor got a chance to take a spin in the state's new car, and highlight the importance of electric vehicles in helping the Vermont meet it's energy and climate goals.

“Vermonters can be really proud of the leadership Governor Shumlin and his partners in the legislature are showing on electric vehicles,” said Karen Glitman of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, lead partner in the Drive Electric Vermont effort. “By adopting EVs, homes and businesses in our state could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually through the reduced cost, and more efficient use, of energy for powering their travel.”

Local car dealerships were on hand to showcase a range of EVs from Nissan, Chevrolet, Toyota, and Mitsubishi that are currently available for purchase in Vermont.

To learn more about the event, read the Governor's press release, or visit the Drive Electric Vermont website.

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