Utilities Company Offers $1,200 For Purchasing Electric Cars

Burlington Electric officials said the program is meant to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont's largest city.

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The electric utility for Vermont's largest city is offering to help customers upgrade to electric cars, contributing $1,200 for the purchase of each new vehicle.

Darren Springer, a Burlington Electric spokesperson, says the program is meant to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city. WVPS-FM reports (http://bit.ly/2qDvfTw ) the incentive program only includes electric-only vehicles — plug-in, hybrid vehicles that run on both gasoline and electric don't qualify.

Springer said the $1,200 offer from Burlington Electric can be used in tandem with federal tax incentives of up to $7,500, which could make electric cars an alternative for individuals looking for a new car.

He also says the utility provider is speaking with car dealerships to explore making the rebate automatic for purchasing electric vehicles.

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