UVM’s commitment to energy conservation and climate action is driving ongoing efforts to green the University’s fleet.
UVM has already taken several steps to decrease the use of petroleum-based fuels on campus. In 2009, UVM Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) replaced their 9 diesel buses with buses powered with compressed natural gas (CNG). In 2017 TPS acquired the fleet's first electric plug-in cars: an all-electric Mitsubishi MiEV for enforcement staff and an all-electric Nissan Leaf as an employee-pool car. These cars illustrate the first steps UVM has taken to electrify the campus fleet.
In 2016, UVM TPS collaborated with Burlington Electric Department to install four dual-port level-2 electric vehicle charging stations across campus, and two level-1 stations in the Gutterson Garage. Since then, UVM TPS has installed one additional dual-port level-2 EV charging station on campus, and has secured funding through various competive grants to install three more.
When replacing or purchasing new vehicles, UVM’s fleet vehicle procurement procedure (PDF) aims to educate departments on more sustainable methods of transportation and the availability of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). The process shown below ensures that only AFVs and vehicles with high fuel economies will be considered for purchase.
Per the procedure, once a vehicle has been selected, approved, and purchased, the vehicle must be registered with Transportation and Parking Services and a University Vehicle decal must be picked up and applied.
Pre-Approved Replacement Fleet Vehicles (subject to change as data updates)
Best in Class Model
|Combined Range/Fuel Economy|
Best in Class Model
|Combined Fuel Economy|
140+ all-electric range
|Mini Van||30 MPG, 82 MPGe||36 MPG|
|SUV||120 MPGe, 258 mile all-electric range|
|Pickup Truck||Ford, Chevy, and GMC Retrofits|
(Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)
|Sedan|| 133 MPGe, 170-mile all-electric range|
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentives
Plug-In Electric Vehicle Rebate – Burlington Electric Department (BED)
BED customers are eligible for a $1,200 rebate on the purchase or lease of a new qualifying all-electric vehicle (EV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Moderate income customers are eligible for an additional $600 rebate for an EV or an additional $300 rebate for a PHEV. BED is also offering customers an $800 rebate on the purchase of a used/pre-owned EV or PHEV. Vehicles must have a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of less than $50,000 and be registered in Burlington, VT. For more information, including how to apply, see the BED Electric Vehicles website.
Under the Vermont Agency of Transportation's new Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Incentive program, qualified individuals can receive:
Larger incentives are available for individuals from households that qualify for Vermont’s Weatherization Program:
Qualified Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Tax Credit
A tax credit is available for the purchase of a new qualified PEV that draws propulsion using a traction battery that has at least five kilowatt-hours (kWh) of capacity, uses an external source of energy to recharge the battery, has a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 14,000 pounds, and meets specified emission standards. The minimum credit amount is $2,500, and the credit may be up to $7,500, based on each vehicle's traction battery capacity and the gross vehicle weight rating. The credit will begin to be phased out for each manufacturer in the second quarter following the calendar quarter in which a minimum of 200,000 qualified PEVs have been sold by that manufacturer for use in the United States. This tax credit applies to vehicles acquired after December 31, 2009. For more information, including qualifying vehicles and sales by manufacturer, see the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) PEV Credit website. Also refer to IRS Form 8936, which is available via the IRS Forms and Publications website.
Fleet Vehicle Procurement Procedure Requests
University Vehicle: A vehicle owned by the University used to service the University infrastructure on a daily basis as part of the normal job-related duties or to respond to campus emergencies. All University vehicles must be registered with Parking Services and display a valid UVM permit. All UVM permits must be removed and returned to Parking Services upon sale or disposal of the vehicle.