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Georgia Power to Invest $12 Million to Advance Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

The  Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Georgia Power is about to launch a broad-based round of incentives to stimulate residential, commercial and public charging infrastructure development in its service areas. The reported $12 million program provides for a $250.00 rebate for consumers who install a level 2 EV charging system at their homes, and $500.00 for commercial properties who install a level 2 (AC 240v/40 amp) or $250.00 for level 1 (AC 110v/16 amp) charger at their workplace.  Home and work are the top two places EV drivers want to charge up their vehicles.

Additionally, Georgia Power is working with the City of Atlanta to support the creation of 50 public charging ‘islands’ where both level 2 and Fast Charge (DC 480v/100 amp) will be built to dramatically enhance the public availability of fast charging systems which will improve EV charging infrastructure in metro Atlanta and begin to build fast charge corridors to the outlying metro Atlanta areas including Athens, Newnan and Conyers GA.

Here’s the link to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s breaking story:  http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/blog/atlantech/2014/10/georgia-power-to-invest-12m-in-driving-electric.html.

Georgia Power is no stranger to building electric vehicle infrastructure.  In the early 1990s,  Georgia Power installed over 500 level 2 charging stations in support of GM’s EV1 program when Atlanta was a test city.  Some of those stations can still be found in and around Atlanta.

CleanCitiesGeorgia Coordinator Don Francis, a 31 year veteran of Georgia Power, will help oversee this new program.


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2014 DriveElectricWeek Atlanta GA – The Weather Channel AMHQ Launch Event

With Georgia the #1 state for electric vehicle registrations (YTD June 2014) edging out California, National Drive Electric Week was kicked off by the Atlanta organizers a few days ahead of schedule with a launch event held at The Weather Channel Studios on Friday morning September 12, 2014 as part of the AMHQ Morning Show with hosts Sam Champion, Maria LaRosa and Mike Bettes. All three celebrity hosts participated in the program, across three segments which aired between 8:00 and 10:00 AM.

Atlanta Drive Electric Week Co-Captain Michael Beinenson ensured that all key EV makes and models were on hand. My own 2014 Chevrolet VOLT got a prime slot in segment #1 facing off against the new BMW i3 while remaining in subsequent segments behind the hosts.  I can’t tell you how many hours I spent rehearsing my VOLT:  “now smile for the camera!”  She did great.

Here’s the on air segment:

Video is the property of The Weather Channel. 

The event was supported by the EV Club of the South, with members lending their EVs (Fiskar Karma, Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i-MiEV) for the three hour segment filming.  

Video taken by the author.

But the surprise hit was the appearance of one of the first BMW i8′s to be delivered in Atlanta. In fact the car was driven over from nearby Global Imports with the almost owner sitting in the passenger seat.  We quickly re-arranged the third segment to get the i8 into the shot and both Sam Champion and Maria LaRosa quickly improvised to shift the audience attention from the Tesla Model S that with Mike Bettes speeding by to show off the $150,000 BMW i8!.  All photos taken by the author.  

LaRosa & Champion DEW TWC i8photo 4 (5)


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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> 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!


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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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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!