This article is by Lou Varricchio, editor of The Sun. It is republished here with permission.
BRISTOL, Vt. — Bristol residents enjoyed Oct. 16 as a day to check out electric vehicles (EVs) and consider them as their vehicle of choice over gasoline models. The event, titled EVenture Ride and Drive included a mini-parade starting on the downtown green.
The whole shebang was spearheaded by Green Mountain Power (GMP) and the green Bristol Energy Committee.
GMP is showcasing EVs in various Vermont communities and Bristol is Addison County’s first town to host the event. Last weekend’s event had another bonus: GMP will make a donation to Bristol’s Have a Heart Food Shelf.
GMP invited EV drivers and EV experts to answer questions along with zippy rides in a battery-powered car.
“We (can now see) … how easy it is to switch away from fossil fuel for transportation. The downtown event helps local businesses which is a great bonus,” said Sally Burrell, chair of the Bristol Energy Committee.
GMP Vice President Kristin Carlson noted that Vermont’s top source of carbon pollution is driving with fossil fuel.
“GMP makes it simple for customers to drive electric with up to $2,500 in rebates and a free Level 2 car charger and discount charging rates, and our EVenture Ride and Drive events are great ways to check out EVs and how driving electric can fit into your life,” Carlson said. “Vermonters are ready to drive electric and learn firsthand how making the switch away from fossil fuel not only reduces carbon emissions, but it also saves you money. We’re so thrilled to partner with customers and the Bristol community to offer this great event this weekend.”
According to the latest report from Energy Action Network, “electric vehicles are cheaper to own than fossil-fueled cars because they require less maintenance, and discount charging is less expensive than filling up with gas.”
The Energy Action Network report claims that “electric vehicle drivers in rural Vermont stand to save roughly $1,500 during the first year of ownership, and over $21,000 over a 14-year lifetime of the vehicle.”
GMP’s website offers EV incentives and rebates (up to $2,500) as well as access to discount charging rates.