The number of electric vehicle (EV) registrations in Vermont continues to rise, with 801 plug-in cars registered in the state as of October 2014. This number represents an 85% increase over the number registered as of October 2013. The majority of Vermont’s plug-in cars are registered in Chittenden County, the most populous county in the state. However, the most recent numbers indicate a significant expansion of electric vehicles into other regions, with the highest per capita rate of electric vehicle ownership (about one EV for every 350 people) occurring in Lamoille County.
This considerable progress in transportation efficiency follows a three month period of numerous education and outreach initiatives coordinated by a VEIC-led project, Drive Electric Vermont, in partnership with the State of Vermont, industry representatives, and a broad array of stakeholders. Drive Electric Vermont hosted more than 25 electric vehicle demo events throughout the summer and fall, including a well-attended ride and drive event in September to celebrate National Drive Electric Week. In addition to its extensive customer engagement efforts, Drive Electric Vermont also launched the first statewide electric vehicle incentive, offering $500 to plug-in car buyers at the point of purchase. The incentives were made possible through a grant from VLITE, a public benefit, nonprofit corporation.
In addition to the increase in vehicle numbers, the count of electric vehicle charging stations in Vermont has also grown. There are now 42 public charging stations for plug-in cars across the state, eight of which are DC Fast Chargers, which allow drivers to recharge in as little as 30 minutes. These infrastructure developments have been fundamental to the growing prevalence of electric vehicles in Vermont and to the creation and development of the electric vehicle charging corridor, spanning from Montreal, QC to Montpelier, VT.
Learn more about VEIC’s work to increase transportation efficiency and promote electric vehicles.