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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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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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High Gas Prices Got You Considering an EV? Consumer Reports has two Reviews for you!

With gasoline prices skyrocketing, many metro Atlantans are considering an electric powered vehicle.  If that’s you, then here are two recently released Consumer Reports reviews and ratings for Electric Powered Vehicles and Home Charging Units.  With fewer moving parts, Consumer Reports is finding that the first generation of electric powered vehicles are very reliable.  From my personal experience, my Chevrolet VOLT has been the most reliable and trouble free vehicles I’ve ever owned.   Click here for the full article.

If you purchase or lease an EV, you should seriously consider installing a residential charging unit and taking advantage of Georgia Power or other electricity provider’s PEV plan.  I’ve saved almost $500 on my whole house electric bill including charging my VOLT over the last 18 months!  According to Consumer Reports, power, portability, cord length, and remote access are important features that should influence EVowners’ decision about which home charging unit to buy.  To see their comparison of 8 residential EV charging systems, click here.  I recommend the 240V option due to faster charging times which is the real benefit of a home installed charger.  But be aware that you may need to have an electrician install the power line and the unit and a permit may be required. Check each manufacturer or retailer’s website before you shop as they offer manufacturer rebates or store discounts from time to time.

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