5 facts for Vermonters who are ready to get serious about electric cars

July 11, 2017
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Driving electric can help us all breathe easier. It’s clear that the electrification of our vehicles will mean a lesser impact on the environment. These five facts about emissions should help anyone hoping to keep Vermont beautiful and the air clean.

1. Transportation is the second largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. (U.S. EPA)

2. Our personal vehicles are a major cause of global warming. Collectively, cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of all U.S. emissions, emitting around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas. (UCS)

3. Tailpipe exhaust generates almost half of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions, contributing directly to climate change.

4. Inhaling air pollution takes away at least 1-2 years of a typical human life.

5. In 2015, Vermonters experienced $347 million in health and climate costs due to tailpipe emissions from gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles. (American Lung Association)

Does what you drive say something about you?

We think it does. We’re asking Vermonters to start getting serious about electric cars. Gas powered cars have certainly gotten cleaner over time, however motor vehicles are still our largest contributor to climate change and many other harmful pollutants.

So, what drives you?

Are you ready to get more involved with EV adoption rates in Vermont? See our tips for writing a letter to your local newspaper in support of electric vehicles, or, if you own an electric car or know someone else who does, host a driveway party. If you’re ready to buy a car, check out our list of plug-in cars available in Vermont.