The electric vehicle (EV) market in Vermont has recently gotten a big boost. Drive Electric VT, an EV advocacy group, reports that between 2017 and 2018, electric vehicle ownership in the state has increased almost 50%. A new state program to fund more EV charging stations will set the stage for even greater adoption of EVs.
Governor Phil Scott recently announced $2.4 million in grant funding for communities to install EV charging stations. The funding came from a settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Volkswagen after the company violated the Clean Air Act by selling cars that purposefully emitted more pollution than allowed. Eligible recipients are governments (federal, state, municipal, public education institutions, public utilities, and other public entities), businesses, non-profits, homeowner associations, electric utilities, and EVSE equipment providers. Applications for the first round of grants are due November 30, 2018.
“Transportation is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont and passenger vehicle use makes up the largest share of those emissions,” said Governor Scott. “Increasing the use of electric vehicles is a critical strategy for Vermont to reduce emissions from the transportation sector and to achieve its goal of 90 percent renewable energy use by 2050. This new grant program will help expedite Vermont’s transition to cleaner forms of transportation.”
Recently Burlington, Vermont participated in National Drive Electric Week by holding several events aimed at promoting EVs and encouraging their use. Among those was an opportunity to explore 30 different EV models up close at the Burlington Electric Department, which, like several other Vermont-based utilities, offers incentives for purchasing an EV.
For more information about how your community can benefit from installing EV charging stations, contact Gary Holloway in the Department of Community Planning & Revitalization at Gary.Holloway@vermont.gov.