Vermonters are buying electric vehicles at an increasing pace, according to the latest quarterly registration data from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Registration numbers from December of 2013, showing a total of 596 plug-in cars, represent a 200% increase over the 188 electric vehicles registered in January 2013. Plug-in cars are now registered in more than half of Vermont communities.
The registration data was compiled by Drive Electric Vermont, a statewide coalition led by VEIC and Vermont state government entities including the Agency of Natural Resources, the Public Service Department, and the Agency of Transportation. According to the data, fourth quarter of 2013 was the busiest time for electric vehicle sales. There were 164 electric vehicles sold between October and December, thanks in large part to strong promotions from local car dealerships. According Dave Roberts, Senior Consultant in VEIC’s Transportation Efficiency group, local car dealerships are playing a big role in driving continued sales growth. “Our research has shown that people are more likely to purchase electric vehicles when they know other people who drive them. Endorsement and promotion from car dealerships have a similar effect. Conversations that happen in a dealership get people excited about the technology, and the big savings they will see in terms of total ownership costs.”
Learn more about transportation efficiency, and VEIC’s work to promote electric vehicles.