Great Opportunity to Check Out Electric Vehicles Up Close on September 18th in Danville
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP), the Danville Energy Committee, and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association are inviting Vermonters to join the EV parade and EVenture in Danville on Saturday, September 18th. It’s an opportunity to try out EV driving in a no pressure environment designed to help educate Vermonters about the benefits of electric vehicles – from cost and carbon savings to the fun you have driving an EV. GMP is partnering with customers and the community to offer rides and a variety of EVs to check out during the event. Vermont’s number one source of carbon pollution is driving with fossil fuel, so switching to an electric vehicle is the biggest single step you can take to help fight climate change, as Vermont has the cleanest electric supply in the country.
“I am grateful to GMP and their EVenture Ride and Drive program for partnering with us to make our upcoming EV Fair a success. This E-Vent will be an opportunity for folks who are curious about EVs or are maybe hesitant about actually seeing themselves in one to get the real scoop from actual EV drivers. Having GMP on hand to answer questions about programs and incentives will be so incredibly valuable toward helping people do the calculations for themselves and see how driving an EV could be an efficient, pragmatic, and, let’s face it, really cool way to get around,” said Paul Weaver of the Danville Energy Committee which is organizing the event. “Electric vehicles are going to play an important part in rural communities’ futures as most of us are making numerous small vehicle trips. The fact that they are quiet and don’t emit additional carbon gas when you operate them means our communities will be healthier as well.“
“We are thrilled to join the Danville community to help more Vermonters check out EVs, as we keep visiting more towns across the state! People are ready to drive electric and learn first-hand how it can fit in their life, helping them cut carbon and costs.” said GMP Vice President Kristin Carlson. “GMP makes it simple for customers to drive electric with up to $2,500 in rebates, a free home Level 2 charger and discount charging rates, and we are so happy to be part of this Ride and Drive Event.”
According to the latest report from Energy Action Network, electric vehicles are cheaper to own that fossil fueled cars because they require less maintenance, and discount charging is less expensive that 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.”
EV drivers who’d like to join the EV parade with their own vehicle can RSVP online.
The parade starts at Marty’s 1st Stop on Route 2 in Danville at 9:45 am, will go into town, circle the Danville Town Green and return to Marty’s where EVs will be set up for customers to check out until 2pm. Drivers and customers who attend will be entered into a raffle to win a free electric yard trimmer. GMP also makes a donation to a local charity to support the community at each EVenture event, and this event will support the Danville Train Station rehabilitation fund – which will revive the historic train station as an alternative transportation and recreation hub and part of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.
What: GMP EVenture Ride and Drive
When: September 18, 10am-2pm (Parade from 9:45-10am!)
Where: Marty’s 1st Stop, 421 Route 2 East, Danville
GMP is planning more EVenture Ride and Drive Events in communities across Vermont this fall. There are more details about GMP EV incentives including rebates and discount charging rates are on GMP’s website.
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
GMP makes it simple for customers to drive electric with up to $2,500 in rebates, a free home Level 2 charger and discount charging rates, and we are so happy to be part of this Ride and Drive Event.Kristin Carlson, GMP Vice President