Check Out Electric Vehicles Up Close on Saturday in Bristol
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP) is partnering with the Bristol Energy Committee to give Vermonters the opportunity to check out the benefits of electric vehicles at the EVenture Ride and Drive and parade on Saturday at the Bristol Green.
“We are so excited to partner with GMP to showcase electric vehicles and how easy it is to switch away from fossil fuel for transportation. The downtown event will also help local businesses which is a great bonus,” said Sally Burrell, Chair of the Bristol Energy Committee.
GMP is visiting communities across the state with EVenture Ride and Drive events, which provide an opportunity for customers to talk with EV drivers and GMP experts in a no-pressure environment, ask questions, and learn about the benefits of electric vehicles – from the financial and carbon savings you get when you switch to driving electric, to the zippy ride that a battery-powered car offers on the road. GMP also makes a donation to a local charity in each community that hosts an EVenture, and this event will benefit the Have a Heart Food Shelf in Bristol.
Vermont’s top source of carbon pollution is driving with fossil fuel, so switching to an electric vehicle is the biggest single step Vermonters can take to help fight climate change, as GMP’s energy supply is 100 percent carbon free and Vermont has the cleanest electric supply in the country.
“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,” said GMP Vice President Kristin Carlson. “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 report found 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.”
What: GMP EVenture Ride and Drive in Bristol
When: Saturday Oct. 16, 11 a.m – 1 p.m. (Parade from 10:45-11 a.m., meet at the Green to join)
Where: Bristol Green
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 266,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with them to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. GMP earned a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World list four years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020). In 2021, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) honored GMP as a nationwide leader in energy transformation, and in 2019 GMP earned the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine.
Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power
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.Kristin Carlson, GMP Vice President