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> https://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!
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.
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.
Every few months, I visit with my friends at the Tesla store in Marietta to be sure I stay acquainted with the latest on the Model S. On my visit last week, I was treated to test drive the top of the line P85+ model. Yes the one that has 416 hp and lists well north of $100,000 with options. I’ve driven its sisters the 60 and 85 kWh vehicles, which impressed me to the point of keeping an active design on the Tesla website. One day!
On this visit, I was hosted by new sales consultant Cameron, who knows his product very well. He pointed out all the key features of the P85+ while helping me keep my eyes on the road. The highlight of the test drive is the ‘acceleration test’ conducted on the 120 Loop, which is a 4-6 lane oval around the City of Marietta. With an open road ahead of us, Cameron encouraged me to feel the full power of the P85+. And power it has! While I will not reveal 0-60 times or maximum speed, let’s just say that this car has gobs of power, stays extremely well controlled on high-speed turns and keeps itself firmly planted in the center of the lane. And even with the high-speed driving and acceleration tests, we used only 8 miles of battery range in the process.
So at the end of the test drive, Cameron helped me refine my Model S design online. There’s an almost endless combination of exterior colors (I choose dark blue), wheel and tire packages (21 inch Continentals for me), interior trim (grey nappa leather, Obeche gloss wood trim), battery size/range (85 kWh – 265 EPA rated range) and options (Tech Package is a must). If you are concerned about driving outside of metro Atlanta, Georgia now has SuperCharger stations located in Macon, Tifton and Savannah and one planned for Atlantic Station. Of course, I added the SuperCharger option to my Tesla design.
If you have not had the chance to test drive any of the Model S offerings, contact Cale, Brandon, Harry or Cameron at (678) 797-1808. You’ll be glad you did!
As part of our mission to advance EV education in metro Atlanta, I had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Chance from Solar Energy USA to share about the formation of the AEVDC to his readers in the Solar Power community.
Stay tuned for part 2 which discusses our shared passion for the development of Solar Powered EV charging (Pv2EV) in metro Atlanta as well!
Ford recently released an infographic that beautifully explains the features and differences of hybrids (HEVs), Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs), and full electric cars (BEV). AEVDC first saw this graphic in insideevs.com and felt that it is an excellent visual follow-up to its post on the ABCs of EVs. Read our post then check out this graphic to gain an better understanding of the ABCs of Electric Vehicles.
Wondering about how to charge your EV at home? Look no further than to Consumer Reports – How Will You Charge Your Car?
Written by Daniel S. Cohen, Contributor
By design, Hybrids (including plug-in Hybrids or PHEVs) emit lower levels of carbon dioxide than traditional gasoline powered cars. But how significant is the CO2 reduction? Very significant. Read on!
Below is a comparison of the annual CO2 emissions, measured in metric tons, of a range of gasoline, hybrid and plug in hybrid vehicles. The significant reduction in CO2 as the result of increasing electric power is staggering. The Honda Accord PHEV emits 57% less CO2 than the gasoline powered model (2.0 vs. 4.6 metric tons/year*). Over the typical 10 year service life of the Honda Accord, that equates to a reduction of 26 metric tons of CO2 by driving the PHEV model in place of the gasoline powered model. Similarly the #2 selling electric vehicle, the Ford Fusion Energi, reduces CO2 by 60% from 4.8 to 1.9 metric tons of CO2.
Even the Porsche Panamera Hybrid reduces CO2 by 52%, or -3.3 metric tons/year vs. the gasoline powered model.
So which vehicle has the lowest CO2 emissions? The Chevrolet VOLT at just 1.2 metric tons/year owing to its extended electric range (EPA rated at 38 miles).
Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Hybrids vs. Gasoline Powered Cars *
|Manufacturer||Model||Gasoline||Hybrid||Plug-In Hybrid||CO2 Reduction||% Reduction|
|* Annual CO2 Emission – metric tons|
*All models are 2014
** CO2 tailpipe emissions measured in metric tons per year
Confused by all of the electric vehicle-related acronyms used by advocates, policymakers, and businessmen? Check out this post to learn what is meant by BEV, PHEV, HEV, AFV, ZEV, EREV and other short-hand jargons. Read More.
Automakers released their June sales numbers yesterday and today. These numbers, reported in a convenient format by Insideevs.com, are quite encouraging for the U.S. EV market overall. Sales nearly hit 12,000 making June 2014 the second highest sales month in the U.S. in EV history. June made some companies (Ford, Nissan, Tesla) and models (Fusion Energi, LEAF, Model S) big winners and other companies (Toyota) and models (Spark, RAV4) not so winners.
Read more for more in-depth analysis of June 2014 EV sales.