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Published on March 25th, 2014 | by James Ayre

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Proposal To Cut EV Tax Credits In Georgia Fails For The Year

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March 25th, 2014 by
 
State Capitol of Georgia, Atlanta

It looks like Georgia’s generous electric vehicle tax credit will live to see at least one more year, based on recent reports — as the state’s legislature ran out of time before voting on the proposed bill to scrap the credit.

Just a couple of weeks ago, state Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) proposed bill HB 257 — essentially just a scaling back of Georgia’s generous EV tax incentives. But, now — thanks to the relatively inefficient nature of the US law-making process — it looks as though those tax credits will be around for at least one more year. :)

Good thing, too, since they no doubt have a great deal to do with the high rate of EV adoption in the southern state. Impressively, around 1% of all the new vehicles purchased in Georgia in 2013 were battery-electric — not bad at all, when you consider the area.

The proposed bill would have put a cap on the aggregate annual amount given out under the program — anyone who purchased an EV after the first $10 million were accounted for would have been out of luck. That’s not that many vehicles when you think about it — a couple thousand at the most.

Good thing the tax credit will be around for at least one more year. I’ve got to say, though, I wouldn’t necessarily count on it being around in 2015 — so anyone in the area looking to purchase an EV might want to get it done before the end of 2014. :\

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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



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    Thanks – good to hear. Had heard the State Senate was not too keen after the State House rammed it through. Even Chuck Martin was backpedalling and suggesting revisions were needed (a gradual phaseout instead of a hard cutoff; extending credits to PHEVs like the Chevy Volt instead of just pure EVs).

    P.S. That’s an old picture of the Georgia State Capitol. That flag has not been flown since 2001.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Georgia_%28U.S._state%29

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