I attended the first stop of the 4th Annual Georgia Alternative Fuel Vehicle ROADSHOW on June 17, 2014 held at the Georgia International Convention Center. Based on the presentations, I see growing Public-Private partnerships to drive EV ownership and infrastructure development in metro Atlanta and throughout the State of Georgia. Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols sponsored the Roadshow and has now taken it to eight cities across the state June 17-26, 2014. Don Francis, Executive Director, Clean Cities Georgia was on hand to help kick off the event and bring his growing EV optimism to the audience. Representatives from public utilities (Ben Echols – Georgia Power), EV vehicle manufacturers (Cornelius Willingham -Nissan) and EVSE (Mike Anderson efacec) presented a compelling view of the emerging public-private partnerships taking place in Georgia to drive EV and Alternative Fueled Vehicle adoption. Willingham said that after home based charging, workplace charging is the number 2 place preferred by EV owner. Nissan offers a full assessment of workplace charging needs and free Nissan LEAF ‘ride and drive’ events at the location. Surprisingly, only 1,000 EV/PHEV Georgia Power customers are on the PEV Time of Use Plan, said Ben Echols. As a VOLT owner, I’ve saved almost $500 over the last 18 months on my entire home electric bill! If you drive an EV, and Georgia Power is your electric utility provider, you owe it to yourself to check out the PEV plan. See the link on the Resources page.
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