Vermont Clean Cities Joins the Team
Plug In America was awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy, in November 2016 to invest in the promotion and adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) in the Northeastern states including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The project, “Advancing PEV Adoption in New England,” focuses on accelerating the deployment of all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles as part of its climate action plan to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region. The project also contributes to DOE’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, which seeks to make the United States the first country to produce a wide array of plug-in electric models that are as affordable and convenient as the gasoline-powered vehicles we drive today by 2022.
Vermont Clean Cities will host ride-and-drives across the state that will allow fleet managers, property managers, and the public to get first hand experiences with electric vehicles. Vermont has over a dozen electric vehicles on the market with nearly 1200 electric-vehicle drivers. These ride-and-drive events will showcase various models that can meet the needs of company fleets and private consumers. Vermont Clean Cities will join Massachusetts Clean Cities, Ocean State Clean Cities, and New Haven Clean Cities in an effort coordinated by Plug In America.
“It is our mission to educate and promote the benefits of plug-in cars throughout the country,” Joel Levin of Plug in America said. “We are excited and committed to replicate our successes elsewhere in Vermont and with our Northeast partners.”
Funds from the award will be used for public, workplace and fleet events starting in 2017. Additional training and recognition for local automotive dealerships is another component of this program.
The project is supported under a cooperative agreement from the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under award number DE-EE0007789. More information can be found online, http://www.pluginamerica.org