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EVSE Manufacturers and Networks Infographic

The rising demand for EVs in the United States and the metro Atlanta area is driving a necessary expansion in EV supply equipment (EVSE), or “charging stations.” The infographic below provides a brief look at the state of charging stations in the U.S. and the major manufacturers and charging station networks available. While not exhaustive, this infographic provides familiarity with the companies leading the way in the EVSE field.  Written by Daniel S. Cohen, Contributor

 

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Workplace Charging in the Garden State Courtesy of PSEG

Charging your electric vehicle at work in New Jersey just got a little easier thanks to a WorkPlace Charging program sponsored by PSEG. PSEG will provide up to 150 charging systems for free. Participating workplaces will need to install the units and pay for the electricity. PSEG will own the charging systems and collect usage data to better understand the impact of workplace charging on electric demand and the electric delivery system.

PSEG also released data on the first year of operations of its own employee electric car incentive program launched one year ago, including:

  • The 13 employees in the program are estimated to have driven 120,000 miles on electric commuting to and from work in the first twelve months of the program.
  • The participants are estimated to have saved 5,300 gallons of gas and avoided spending nearly $19,000 on gas just on their commute.
  • By commuting on electric, it is estimated that the program helped avoid 50 to 60 tons of CO2 being released into the air as well as reduced  particulate, SOx and NOx emissions in communities through the state.

 Workplace charging programs are pickingup steam across the US! Recently, the Department of Energy through the CleanCities program announced a $4.5 million funding program to encourage greater consumer engagement with alternative fuel vehicles. No doubt many of those pilot programs will focus on workplace charging. Georgia is expected to compete for funding given the very strong CleanCitiesGeorgia program under the leadership of Director Don Francis.


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Tesla Video Mashup from Calvin Klesmith

Calvin Klesmith (@CalvinKlesmith) is a sophmore at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and is a huge Tesla fan. We saw his work on YouTube and asked Calvin to compile a 2 1/2 minute highlights reel after this past week’s TeslaRoadTrip passed through the four Wisconsin Supercharger stations. As Calvin shows us, the Model S is right at home in the heart of the Midwest. Look for Calvin’s ‘tip of the hat’ to the nations best EV Charging Station App: PlugShare. Check out Calvin’s other Tesla videos on his YouTube channel.

The Tesla Supercharger network is growing in Georgia with three open in Macon, Savannah and Tifton and Atlantic Station opening later this year.  At this time next year, Georgia can join the nationwide TeslaRoadTrip.


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2014 Model Year End Sales: Time to shop for an EV!


Source: Fix.com

Great background on Green Vehicles as you begin shopping for 2014 hybrids (HEV), Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), Plug-In Hybrids (PHEV).

Auto makers are beginning their Model Year close out sales, where you can find some great deals on many of these Alternative Fuel Vehicles.  2014 Cadillac ELR and Chevrolet VOLT in particular.  Use TrueCar.com to see what prices people in Atlanta are paying for EVs.

Don’t overlook the used EV market where a 2-year old Nissan LEAF with reasonable mileage are retailing for $15- $18,000 (see AutoTrader.com).  Lots of battery life left and since the Federal Tax Credit was taken by the first owner, the used price reflects it so you don’t miss out on the tax credit (indirectly).

 

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Check out our Electric Vehicle Resources Page!

The world of electric vehicles can be overwhelming. We’ve got a Resources page dedicated helping you quickly and easily learn more about EVs and ownership in Atlanta and Georgia> http://atlantaevdc.com/resources-2/. Consumer Reports covers both vehicle and home charging reviews.  Check out Georgia Power’s incredible money saving PEV rate plan, and read about the current Federal and State of Georgia Income Tax Credits. Take a look!


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The Electric Car Revolution: Why Electric Cars are Likely to Dominate in the Next Decade

Zach Shahan, publisher of Cleantechnica and EVObession explains why Electric Cars will dominate the next decade and shares some terrific cost of ownership comparisons, in line with data the Editors of this blog have posted recently. Electric vehicles sales passed 500,000 units in the US this month.  The EV revolution is on!

Follow Zach at @cleantechnica, @evobsession and @ZShahan3 for the latest information on Clean Energy and Electric Vehicles.


Source: Fix.com


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Why Georgia’s Low Emission Income Tax Credits Should Include Plug-Ins and Hybrids

Atlanta is the #2 city for EVs and Georgia is tied for fourth among U.S. states in EV registrations. A key component of the state’s success are its income tax credits for zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) and low emissions vehicles (LEVs). Unfortunately, these tax credits do not apply to hybrid electric plug-in or to gas- hybrids despite their low carbon emissions and lower five year costs than traditional internal combustion engine cars. By including plug-ins and hybrids to complement the current ZEV and LEV income tax credits, Georgia’s State Legislature can help significantly reduce the state’s CO2 emissions and improve the air quality in Georgia, and help grow the state’s economy. Skeptical? Read More.

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