$17,500 Off a New Electric Car for GMP Customers

Green Mountain Power has just announced a new program for its customers in partnership with Nissan, giving buyers of the 2017 Nissan Leaf a $10,000 discount. This is in addition to a $7,500 tax credit for which most new Leaf buyers will qualify. The base MSRP for a Nissan Leaf is $30,680, meaning buyers who take advantage of the discount and who qualify for the tax credit can get a new Leaf for $13,180.

In addition to savings on purchase of the car itself, electric car buyers enjoy much lower fuel costs and much lower maintenance costs, with no oil changes and few moving parts to wear out.

You may have heard that electric cars aren’t really any better for the environment than gasoline cars. That story has gone around the Internet a lot, but it’s not true. You can read some of the details here.

Transportation is the single biggest factor in most individuals’ and families’ carbon footprints, and cars are the biggest part of the transportation carbon problem. Buying an electric car is one of the very best ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.

The 2017 Leaf has an estimated electric range of 107 miles on a full charge. This goes down a little in winter, but it’s also a conservative number; careful driving can get better range. Many families have an electric car for local transportation and a gas car or hybrid for longer drives. Other electric cars currently available have a greater range: for instance, the Chevy Bolt has a range of 238 miles, and the Chevy Volt (yes, it’s ridiculous that they have two cars with such similar names), while it has only a 53 mile electric range, has a backup gasoline engine that kicks in automatically when the battery runs out of power.

In this deal sounds too good to be true, I can explain Nissan’s motivation here: in a few months they’ll start selling the 2018 Leaf, which has much greater range and some other advantages. Discounting the 2017 models so steeply offers them a change to generate interest in the brand and get the old stock off the lots before it’s eclipsed by the new model.

Questions or concerns about electric cars? Check out the information at Drive Electric Vermont, comment here, or contact us.

Test Drive an Electric Car in Williston Sunday, September 11th

Drive Electric Vermont is running this electric car event at the Williston Hannaford supermarket. (This isn’t a Sustainable Williston event, but we can strongly recommend any event run by Drive Electric Vermont.)

Celebrate with us!

E lectric car demo day Sep 16

Join us on September 11, 13, and 14.

Come to an event and take a test drive. You’ll be able to learn from owners about their experiences with these efficient and fun to drive/ride electric cars and bikes. Find out if driving electric is right for you.

  • Come see the cars and chat with electric car owners
  • Meet local dealers who will be showing the latest electric car and bicycle models
  • Take a test ride or drive to try out one of the many electric transportation offerings

All National Drive Electric Week events are free and open to the public.

Hosted by us!

Register to attend this event for a chance to win $100
Join the event on Facebook

Transportation Is a Matter of Life and Death: Alternative Transportation Roundtable Monday 8/24


What will they say about our transportation decisions in ten or twenty years? With three Vermont bicyclist deaths this year, many Williston children not being able to safely walk or ride to school, and bus routes only beginning to connect Williston residents with jobs and surrounding communities, we can either bet on more cars, more carbon, more traffic, more pollution, and more danger to bicyclists and pedestrians, or get behind alternative transportation in a big way.

Join experts on alternative transportation, from buses to electric vehicles to bike paths to ride sharing, for a roundtable discussion of the what, why, how, and how much of alternative transportation in Williston. Learn about changes to bus service; new electric cars with longer range; and what it takes to get bike and pedestrian paths where we need them most. This free event in Sustainable Williston’s Sustainable Energy  series takes place at the Dorothy Alling Library Monday evening, August 24th, at 7:00 to 8:30 pm [THIS IS A CORRECTION: WE ERRONEOUSLY HAD PREVIOUSLY LISTED THE EVENT AS BEING FROM 6:30 to 8:00]. Come to ask questions and offer ideas or to learn from representatives of organizations tentatively to include Go! Vermont, CCTA, Drive Electric Vermont, Local Motion, and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. We’ll have refreshments available. For more information, get in touch through our contact page.

Explore Electric Vehicles at the Sun CARnival Aug 16th

SunCommon, a Vermont solar installer, invites Vermonters to a free electric vehicle (EV) event at St. Mike’s on Sunday, August 16th:


  • EV owners will be available to talk candidly about what it’s like to own and operate an EV.
  • Drive Electric Vermont will be there to help you understand the differences between electric car models.
  • There will be many models of EVs at the EVent (with test rides available too!)
  • Grab a slice of complimentary pizza form Open Hearth Pizza then relax and play a little cornhole.
  • Last but not least, take a spin on an electric assist bicycle!

The details:
It’s the Sun CARnival at St. Michael’s!
St. Michael’s College
Klein Hall parking lot (off of Route 15 look for the signs!)
Colchester, VT 05439
Sunday August 16th, 1:00PM-4:00PM
Check out or Facebook EVent to let us know you can make it and to invite your friends!

SunCommon will be there all day visiting with community members and answering questions about going solar in Vermont while celebrating the clean energy connection between solar energy and electric vehicles. It’s an especially good time to introduce your friends and neighbors to solar considering that the sun is setting on the 30% Federal income tax credit for installing solar. They’ll thank you for it.

Learn about Electric Vehicles from this Drive Electric Vermont Presentation


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On June 15th, Dave Roberts of Drive Electric Vermont, an organization that works to help provide information and opportunities for Vermonters about electric vehicles (EVs), gave an eye-opening presentation to Williston residents about electric vehicles. Here, courtesy of Drive Electric … Continue reading

Community Members and EV Owners Turn out for Williston Electric Vehicle Event


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About 30 community members and EV owners turned out for the second of Sustainable Williston’s Sustainable Energy Series events this past Monday, checking out and in some cases trying eight electric cars (a mixture of all-electric vehicles–AEVs–and plug-in hybrids) and three electric bikes. … Continue reading

Get Up Close with Electric Vehicles June 15th at the Library

On Monday, June 15th, residents of Williston and the surrounding area will get a chance to learn about electric vehicles (EVs) first hand in the second installment of Sustainable Williston’s Sustainable Energy series. Local EV owners and dealers will bring electric cars and electric bikes for attendees to examine up close.

EV expert Dave Roberts of Drive Electric Vermont will offer a presentation covering topics like electric vehicle types and options, greenhouse gas emissions, and charging both at home and on the road.

Larry Gilbert of ZoomBikes will also briefly discuss electric bikes.

The event begins in front of Williston’s Dorothy Alling Library at 6:15 PM, where attendees can look over EVs and talk to EV owners. At 7:00, Mr. Roberts will offer his multimedia presentation next door at the Old Brick Church. At 7:45, the event moves back to the library parking lot for a second chance to see the vehicles until the event ends at 8:15. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to all, with no preregistration necessary.

Test drives of the Chevy Volt will be available at the event through Shearer Chevrolet.

Some of the electric vehicles at the event will include …

Volkswagon eGolf

Volkswagon eGolf

Mitsubishi iMiev

Mitsubishi iMiev

Evelo electric bike

Evelo electric bike

Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

Cadillac ELR

Cadillac ELR

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Vermont Organization Offers $500 Rebates on Electric Vehicles

The Federal government already offers tax credits of up to $7,500 on the purchase of a new, qualifying electric car. This isn’t just a deduction: a tax credit increases your refund or decreases your amount owed rather than just affecting your taxable income. Well, if that wasn’t enough to whet your wallet, now a Vermont organization called Drive Electric Vermont is offering an additional $500 incentive for each electric car.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Electric vehicles are sometimes restricted in terms of range, though some (the Chevy Volt, for example) have backup gasoline engines, and others (e.g., Tesla models) have such a long driving range that it generally isn’t an issue. Regardless, owning an electric car means changing some habits, including getting used to charging the vehicle, sometimes over the course of hours, rather than filling gas in minutes.

Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

However, electric vehicles are much less expensive to drive in terms of fuel than gasoline or diesel powered vehicles. Regardless of the source of the electricity, they’re also far better for the climate, though of course the most climate-friendly way to go is to charge your vehicle with a renewable energy source like wind or solar.

Many Vermont communities now offer rapid EV charging stations, sometimes for free. For example, my credit union (Vermont State Employees Credit Union) is adding a new charging station at its Montpelier location.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Electric vehicles do tend to be a good bit more expensive than gasoline-powered vehicles, but Federal rebates and this $500 incentive can help take some of the sting out of that.

Disclaimer: Sustainable Williston has no affiliation or direct experience with Drive Electric Vermont.