Okay, so it's not quite the $2,500 California offers as a rebate on the purchase or lease or a pure electric vehicle, but $500 off instantly sure sounds enticing to us.
"For those in the market for a new car this summer, now is the time to go electric. Drive Electric Vermont is offering an instant $500 off the purchase or lease of a new plug-in vehicle. There are 75 incentives available to Vermonters starting today, so it pays to act fast!"
The program kicked off a few days ago, but Vermonters don't buy a ton of plug-in vehicles (only 600-ish are registered statewide), so we're certain that some of the just 75 $500 instant rebates are still available.
Dave Roberts, Coordinator of Drive Electric Vermont, stated:
"With gas prices on the rise, it's getting harder and harder for Vermonters to afford their daily commute. Electric vehicles are a cost effective, sustainable solution. These incentives will promote local businesses and help get costly gas guzzlers off our roads -- while making progress towards Drive Electric Vermont's primary goal: Helping Vermonters experience all the benefits of going electric for their next new car purchase."
$500 Off Instantly
Here's what prospective plug-in vehicle buyers who want to access a $500 incentive should do:
Visit one of the participating dealerships listed below and talk to a sales specialist about electric vehicle options. There are eight different models on the market in Vermont right now, in a wide range of prices and options. Buyers who select an eligible plug-in will receive an instant $500 price reduction at the point of purchase.
Participating dealerships each will have up to 7 incentive vouchers available:
Brattleboro Ford in Brattleboro, VT
Burlington Mitsubishi in South Burlington, VT
Freedom Nissan in South Burlington, VT
Hand Chevrolet in Manchester, VT
Heritage Ford in South Burlington, VT
Heritage Toyota in South Burlington, VT
Lamoille Valley Ford in Hardwick, VT
Shearer Chevrolet in South Burlington, VT
The Automaster in Shelburne, VT
Twin State Ford in St. Johnsbury, VT
White River Toyota in White River Junction, VT
Some fine print on funding and info on who's behind the Drive Electric Vermont incentive program-
"Funding for the Drive Electric Vermont incentive pilot was provided by a grant from the public benefit, non-profit corporation VLITE. Visit www.driveelectricvt.com to learn more about electric vehicles in Vermont, including a map of public charging stations."
"Drive Electric Vermont is a project of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation in partnership with the State of Vermont, industry representatives, and a broad array of stakeholders advancing electric vehicle technology."