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Electric Cars to spark car show – The Manchester Journal

MANCHESTER – The inclusion of Drive Electric Vermont (DEV) in this weekend’s car show, otherwise occupied by pre-1988 antiques and classics, is an indication of the future of electric cars, and especially in southern Vermont.
“We won’t be doing test drives,” said Dave Roberts from DEV, “but we will have a Chevy Volt from Hand Motors and people can sign up for test drives.” Roberts said that they have also reached out to other electric vehicles in the area who may be interested in participating.

There are two types of electric vehicles, according to the DEV website: All Electric Vehicles (AEV), run entirely by electric energy stored in their battery, and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), powered by a combination of stored battery power and gasoline in the engine. AEVs include the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S, while the Chevy Volt and the Toyota Prius fall into the second category.

They do not include hybrid vehicles in these classifications, which do contain a battery but it is powered by the car’s internal combustion engine, switch between gas and electricity, and do not need to be plugged in.

According to DEV’s fact sheet on their website, “electric vehicle adoption is increasing and spreading throughout the state and the country.” They record a 213 percent increase in ownership between July 2012 and April 2013, a jump from 151 registered electric vehicles to 311. The amount of communities with registered electric vehicles has also increased


to 92 throughout the entire state; southern Vermont touts some of the higher concentrations of vehicles, after Montpelier and Burlington.
Jim Hand, co-owner of Hand Motors in Manchester, explained that those who buy a Chevy Volt from Hand Motors are given two cables needed to charge the Volt – one that will charge over a six-to-eight hour period, and an express charging cable that will fill a battery in a shorter time, between three and four hours.

However, just like how gas-powered cars need to refuel in the middle of a trip, electric vehicles sometimes need to power up away from home. This causes what has been colloquially termed Range Anxiety – the fear that an electric vehicle will run out of battery power before it reaches its destination, or the nearest charging station. While there may be over 300 registered electric vehicles in the state of Vermont, and possibly more owned by commuters from other states, DEV only counts 16 charging stations in the state of Vermont.



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