Then and Now: Vermont’s EV Story

December 28, 2021

Imagine if Vermonters had only ever driven electric cars? The truth is, Vermont didn’t have electricity until 1905, and not until the 1960’s in rural areas. But in other parts of the country, EVs accounted for 1/3 of all the vehicles on the road. Electric cars were invented before gas cars! Around the 1920’s, better roads and inexpensive oil prices lead to gas cars being the dominant mode of transportation. Back then, we didn’t know the impact that gas cars would have on the planet. What if we knew then what we know now?

When it comes to the future of transportation, we can learn from the past.

Fast forward to today - Vermont is ready to be a national leader in EV-adoption. We have the most public charging stations per capita, plus incentives that bring down the cost of an EV. Transportation makes up 40% of Vermont’s total greenhouse gas emissions, which means that driving electric is one of the most impactful ways to keep the Green Mountain State green. So, whether you want a ride that’s easier to maintain, cheaper to run, faster, quieter, or better for the land, the open road is ready for you. Let’s Drive Electric, Vermont.

What if we knew then what we know now?

What if, in 1902, Vermonters drove electric cars all along? Gasoline is unheard of...until a visitor tries to sell it during a town meeting.

EVs are easier to maintain, quieter on the road, a smoother ride, and you can fuel them up from the comfort of your home. Calculate how much it costs to own an EV compared to an internal combustion engine.

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"Call it an incentive"

Before there were car dealerships, there were barnyards. Observe what the exchange between buyer and dealer could have been like if EVs were available for purchase back in the day.

Not only do EVs sprint from 0-60 “lickety-split”, but they also come with incentives! See how much you can save when you buy or lease an electric car.

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