Growing numbers of Vermonters from all parts of the state are continuing to make the change to electric vehicles (EVs). As of July 1, there are now 291 EVs registered in 106 Vermont communities from Pownal to Isle la Motte to Barton to Vernon, up from just 88 EVs at this time last year. During that same period of time, the number of communities with EV registrations has nearly doubled.
The variety of vehicles purchased by Vermonters has diversified, as more vehicle manufacturers add EVs to their lineups. There are now 10 different EV models registered in Vermont, with offerings for many different lifestyles ranging from all electric vehicles sold by Smart, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Tesla and Ford, to plug-in hybrids from Toyota, Chevrolet and Ford which switch to gasoline operation when additional range is needed. The most popular EV model in the state is the Toyota Prius Plug-In, which accounts for nearly half of the EVs on Vermont roads today.
Drive Electric Vermont, which VEIC is a lead partner in, is helping to advance the adoption of EVs in Vermont. They have developed a map showing where EVs are located throughout Vermont and breaking down the model-by-model registration numbers. They have also analyzed the expansion of EV adoption in Vermont in terms of both vehicles sales and the number of communities with EVs.
The Burlington Free Press profiled the experience of one EV owner, VEIC’s Karen Glitman. Read the journal of her experiences with an EV in a cold and rural climate here.
EV sales data is tracked quarterly by Drive Electric Vermont, and is based on information provided by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles.