When we talk about going electric, there are a few specific states that come to mind. With over 100,000 plug-in cars sold so far, California is the first place that comes to mind, as does curiously conservative Georgia, which had one of the country’s most generous EV tax rebates up until recently. Oregon also pops onto the radar.
But cold and hilly Vermont is not the ideal environment for electric cars, one would think. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop gold medal-winning Olympic snowboarder Ross Powers from plugging into a Ford Focus Energi and starring in the first of a series of advertisements encouraging fellow Vermonters to do the same. Plug-in hybrids actually make perfect sense for much of Vermont, where many people live in tiny villages, but need to make occasional, longer trips outside of town. Conversely, those who live in one of Vermont’s few “metro” areas would benefit from the short electric range, without feeling confined to their city.
There’s a definite plug-in car bias from people in cold climates who worry how extreme temperature drops affect range, and their fears aren’t entirely unfounded. But if the people of Norway can put nearly 50,000 plug-in cars on their roads in just three years, there’s no reason these rugged New Englanders couldn’t do it too!