Transportation is the largest contributor to Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions. It has also become an increasingly expensive part of our lives. Below you will find information on how you can save on getting where you need to go and the financial incentives to help you.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are proven to be more energy efficient and require less maintenance than their fossil fuel burning counterparts. While EVs have dropped in price over the years, they can still be expensive. There are two programs designed to help you understand your options, and how you can take advantage of the financing and rebates available.
Drive Electric VT is the Statewide repository for all things EV. On this website you will find information on the makes and models available and how they compare, financial incentives, and the charging or battery storage options available.
Contact for more information: (800) 685-7433
The Mileage Smart program is designed to help you purchase a USED EV from a Vermont dealer.
There are several qualifications for the MileageSmart Program. In order to qualify, one must meet the following credentials:
Must be a Vermont Resident (provide either a Driver’s License Number or other proof of residence)
Must not be claimed as a dependent
Must be 18 years of age or older
Must be at or below 80% State Median Income (based on AGI).
Given the COVID pandemic, many of us have experienced changes in our family incomes. Check out the grid below to see if your income is eligible. Please note that Household Size refers to your tax household.
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While it can be difficult to walk or bike to your destination in Vermont, more and more people are finding ways to avoid the car and use their own power to get where they need to go and E-bikes have made this even more possible.
Vermont e-Bike Incentives
Burlington Electric Department
BED offers a $200 discount on an e-bike purchase for existing customers.
Green Mountain Power
GMP offers a $200 discount on an e-bike purchase for their customers.
Vermont Public Power Supply Authority
VPPSA offers a $100 rebate on an e-bike purchase for customers served by one of the following public power utilities: Barton Village, Village of Enosburg Falls, Hardwick Electric Department, Village of Jacksonville, Village of Johnson, Ludlow Electric Light Department, Lyndonville Electric Department, Morrisville Water and Light Department, Northfield Electric Department, Village of Orleans, and Swanton Village.
Washington Electric Coop
WEC offers a $200 discount on an e-bike purchase for their customers.
State of Vermont
The State of Vermont is developing an e-bike incentive that is planned to launch in late summer 2022. Details are still getting worked out, but the program will likely have similar income eligibility requirements as the State’s EV incentive program and would offer up to $400 toward a qualifying e-bike purchase. You can sign up on the Vermont Agency’s of Transportation’s website to be notified when the program is available.
If you are interested in cycling or E-bikes, but aren’t ready to make a purchase, Local Motion can help you test or rent a ride and explore the cycling community and resources.
Visit the Local Motion Website for more information.
Contact Local Motion: 802-861-2700 [email protected].
Triangle Bike Loop
The Addison County Regional Planning Commission and cyclists from seven towns have worked to build a bike loop between the three major business centers in the county, connecting, Middlebury, Bristol, and Vergennes. Learn more about the Triangle bike Loop on the website here.
Public transportation is a great way to travel long distances without your own vehicle. Today, Addison Co has access to several modes of public transportation.
The Tri-Valley Transit buses serve several towns in the county with stops along route 7. You can find maps and time tables and much more on their website here.
In July of 2022, Amtrak officially reopened the Ethan Allen Express from Burlington to New York City. You can now ride the train from several stops in Addison Co. to the City for about $75. Learn more and buy tickets on the Amtrak website here.
Vermont supports alternative forms of shared transportation through the Go! Vermont website. Also known as Connecting Commuters, this website helps residents connect with all kinds of transportation options including ride sharing, EV charging stations, ferry schedules, and more.