Some states currently offer electric vehicle incentives, but a new Vermont program takes things a step further by providing cash to residents who replace “highly polluting vehicles” with tram.
Called Replace Your Ride (RYR), the program offers $3,000 to Vermont residents who retire an operating vehicle that is considered highly polluting at least 10 years old and switch to a new EV or used.
Vermont already has an incentive program for new electric vehicles, as well as a used car incentive program called MileageSmart, and like those programs, RYR has income eligibility requirements. The applicant must also be a Vermont resident listed on both the electric vehicle purchase or rental agreement and the retired vehicle registration. Offers are also limited to once per person for the duration of the program.
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The first phase of the program starts from September 14, offering incentives at the point of sale or rental. The second phase, scheduled to begin November 2, will add a $3,000 voucher for alternative means of transportation, such as buying an electric bike or using “the general mobility options,” by state.
RYR is funded by $4.5 million through Vermont’s 2021 and 2022 Transportation Bills. Offers are available on a first-come, first-served basis until stocks last.
Keep Incentives Sponsored and dealing with a large number of applicants can be challenging, As California has shown. But a special focus on retired drivers of older internal combustion vehicles would narrow the number of applicants, while potentially having a big impact on emissions by taking the most polluting vehicles off the road. .
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California has consider refactoring its incentives for low-income people”gasoline engine“Coined by the advocacy group Coltura, the term refers to a small number of motorists who consume a disproportionate amount of fossil fuels. It’s another possible way to target specific vehicles. can generate high levels of carbon emissions to maximize the impact of incentives.
If more states get serious about making EVs a big part of the driver fleet, Vermont’s lead on tying EV incentives to phasing out older gasoline and diesel vehicles could is a good model.