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Test Drive: Tesla Model S P85+

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!


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Interview with Solar Energy USA – Part 1

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.

http://solarenergy-usa.com/2014/07/q-a-with-jeff-cohen-atlanta-ev-development-coalition-part-1/

Stay tuned for part 2 which discusses our shared passion for the development of Solar Powered EV charging (Pv2EV) in metro Atlanta as well!


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The ABCs of EVs Part 2: Ford Infographic

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.

Ford Inforgraphic

 


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Consumer Reports – How Will You Charge Your Car?

Wondering about how to charge your EV at home?  Look no further than to Consumer Reports – How Will You Charge Your Car?


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Do Hybrid Electric Vehicle do more than save money at the gas pump?

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
CO2* CO2* CO2*
Honda Accord

4.6

2.8 2.0 -2.6 -57%
Ford Fusion

4.8

3.1 1.9 -2.9

-60%

Honda Civic

4.1

2.9 NA -1.2

-29%

Toyota Camry

4.6

3.2 NA -1.4

-30%

Porsche Panamera

6.4

3.1 NA -3.3

-52%

Toyota Prius

NA

2.7 2.0 -0.7

-26%

Ford C Max

NA

3.4 1.9 -1.5

-44%

Chevrolet VOLT NA NA 1.2
* Annual CO2 Emission – metric tons

*All models are 2014

** CO2 tailpipe emissions measured in metric tons per year 

Source

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbsSelect


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The ABCs of EVs

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


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Ford is the #2 EV Manufacturer due to the Fusion Energi, as We Predicted

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. 

 


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Electric Vehicle Tax Credits – Georgia

Now that you are excited about buying or leasing an Electric Vehicle, you will need to understand the types of tax credits which apply to the vehicle, especially here in Georgia. And before you start counting the tax credits, be sure to consult with your own personal tax advisor or contact one of the tax preparation firms for advice.  The EV tax landscape at the Federal level (200,000 manufacturer vehicle limit than phase down) and in the State of Georgia (2014 HB257 tried to eliminate the EV tax credit) are changing so it is ‘buyer beware’.

But here is some general information you should know about how the income tax credits work if you purchase or lease an EV/PHEV in Georgia;

1).  Up to $7,500 Federal Income Tax Credit – If you purchase a qualifying EV/PHEV, the Federal Government offers a one time (one tax year) credit of up to $7,500.00 to offset income tax liability.  Each qualifying vehicle has a designated tax credit amount based on its battery capacity (e.g. 16 kWh for Chevrolet VOLT supports the full $7,500 income tax credit). http://www.irs.gov/uac/Energy-Incentives-for-Individuals-in-the-American-Recovery-and-Reinvestment-Act for full details. Most of the fully electric vehicles (BMW i3, LEAF, VOLT, Tesla) qualify for the full $7,500.  The Honda Accord Plug-In($3,626)  and the Ford C-Max and Fusion Energi models ($4,007) are significantly lower.  IRS data as of June 24, 2014.

If you lease the EV/PHEV, the finance or leasing company takes the Federal Tax Credit and should provide the benefit of that credit to you through the lease payment  (the calculation of which is already very complicated so ask the dealer to walk you through the lease payment worksheet).  You do not get to claim the tax credit on your own taxes.  So take time to understand what you are getting when you lease an EV!

2).  Up to $5,000 State Income Tax Credit – if you purchase a qualifying ZERO EMISSION VEHICLE.  Note the difference here.  Not an EV or a PHEV but a ZEV.  In Georgia that covers the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S and the BMW i3.  It does not apply to any vehicle which also has a gasoline powered engine or generator (Chevrolet VOLT, Ford C-Max and BMW i3 with range extender). Again if you lease a vehicle in Georgia, the ZEV tax credit goes to the finance or leasing company.  Be sure you understand how that tax credit gets included in the calculation of your lease payment!

State of Georgia Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Tax Credit

An income tax credit is available to individuals who purchase or lease a new ZEV. The amount of the tax credit is 20% of the vehicle cost, up to $5,000. For the purpose of this credit, a ZEV is defined as a motor vehicle that has zero tailpipe and evaporative emissions, including a pure electric vehicle. Low-speed vehicles do not qualify for this credit. Any portion of the credit not used in the year the ZEV is purchased or leased may be carried over for up to five years. For more information, see the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Alternative Fuels and Tax Credits website.

Be aware that the 2015 Georgia Legislative Session will very likely amend/reduce the ZEV tax credit!  So if you and your accountant agree that you can use the Georgia Tax Credit, consider making your lease or purchase as soon as possible in 2014.

The Federal and State of Georgia Income Tax Credits can be used on the same qualifying vehicle.  So the maximum tax credit you can use is $12,500.00!