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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. UVM has an on-going effort to add electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid vehicles to the fleet and continues to right-size and downsize where possible. 

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 received grant funding and installed six additional dual-port level-2 EV charging stations on campus.


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. 

PDF iconFleet Procurement Procedure (PDF)

Pre-Approved Replacement Fleet Vehicles (subject to change as data updates)

University of Vermont can take advantage of the State Fleet Contract and Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative to purchase vehicles, including electric and hybrid vehicles from Nissan, Ford, Hyundai, and Toyota. 

Vehicle Class

Best in Class Model
(Alternative Fuel*)

 Combined Range/Fuel Economy

Best in Class Model

Combined Fuel Economy


Cargo  Van             

2021 Lightning Electric Transit Cargo Van


2022 Ford E-Transit

140+ all-electric range

2021 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

2020 Transit Connect Van

 26 MPG

Mini Van

2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
(Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle)

 30 MPG, 82 MPGe 

2022 Toyota Sienna Hybrid 

 36 MPG

(35 MPG with AWD)


2022 Hyundai Kona Electric
(Battery Electric Vehicle)

120 MPGe, 258 mile all-electric range 

2022 Kia Niro

2022 Ford Escape Hybrid

 50 MPG


41 MPG

Pickup  Truck

2022 Rivian R1T

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

70 MPGe, 314-mile all-electric range

68 MPGe, 230 mile all-electric range

2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid

 25 MPG

(24 MPG with AWD)


2022 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
(Battery Electric Vehicle)

2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)

 133 MPGe, 170-mile all-electric range

54 MPG, 133MPGe

2022 Hyundai Ioniq Blue

2022 Toyota Prius Eco

59 MPG

56 MPG

Electric Vehicle Incentives

Burlington Electric Department (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.

Green Mountain Power is offering electric car incentives, including $1,500 for a new all-electric vehicle, $1,000 for a new plug-in hybrid, or $750 for a used electric car (either all-electric or plug-in hybrid).  Interested customers are encouraged to visit GMP's EV rebate page for additional details. 

GMP also offers $200 discounts on electric bicycle purchases or conversions.

State of Vermont Electric Vehicle Incentive Under the Vermont Agency of Transportation's new Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Incentive program, qualified individuals can receive:
  • $1,500 for purchases of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • $2,500 for all-electric vehicles
Larger incentives are available for individuals from households that qualify for Vermont’s Weatherization Program:
  • $4,000 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • $5,000 for all-electric vehicles
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.


Electric Vehicle Charging Station Incentives

*For a more comprehensive list of Alternative Fuel Vehicles please see this list provided by the Alternative Fuels Data Center.

Burlington Electric Department (BED) offers incentives totaling 75% of the installed cost of a workplace EV charging station up to a maximum of $3,000 per eligible station. Contact Energy Services for more information or view the Rebate Form.

Green Mountain Power customers are eligible a $750 cash back incentive per port after ANY level 2 unit is installed.  There is no limit on the number of ports or the brands.


Fleet Vehicle Procurement Procedure Requests

Departments purchasing vehicles must complete the Vehicle Request Form.


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.