Vermont To Celebrate Plug In Weekend

Sep 22, 2012 11:04 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro

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A Toyota Prius hybrid is plugged into an electric outlet during the North American International Auto show. (Photo : Reuters)

Car dealerships in Vermont are working together with Drive Electric Vermont to celebrate National Plug In Day this weekend by encouraging drivers across the state to educate themselves about electric vehicles.

From September 22 to 23, Vermont Govenor Peter Shumlin said that Vermont will provide opportunities for people to learn about and test drive electric vehicles that are available for purchase currently. Electric cars have become more affordable the past couple of years and heavily promote the fact that customers will save a bundle on gas expenses.

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Electric cars are sold with the mindset that a customer will not only receive a safe and powerful car, but one that can plug into any conventional electric outlet. Driving an electric car costs 2-4 cents per mile, where as a gas-fueled car costs 10-15 cents per mile.

"Electric vehicles are already registered in more than 50 Vermont communities," said Karen Glitman, Direcot of Transporation Efficiency at the Vermont Energy Investment Co in a press release. "The goal of Vermont Plug In Weekend is to partner with local car dealerships to get the word out about the current availability of electric vehicles in Vermont and encourage consumers to explore them as an option."

Some advantages to owning an electronic car is the complete lack of emissions. A full electric vehicle doesn't include parts such as a muffler, exhaust system, or fuel tank. Electronic cars are fueled completely by a rechargeable battery that does not have to be charged from a gas engine.  Customers also don't have to deal with engine noises when you hit the gas pedal, and when driving at a low speed they are essentially silent. Car maintenance for electric cars are also easier to handle.

Drive Electric Vermont is a project of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation in partnership with the State of Vermont, Project Get Ready, and a broad number of stakeholders advancing electric vechile technology. 

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