Published on March 10th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Key Electric Car Incentive On The Chopping Block — Act Now

March 10th, 2014 by  

I wrote approximately one month ago about a threat to one of Georgia’s key electric car incentives, which could throw a big roadblock into one of the hottest electric car markets in the US — Hotlanta (aka Atlanta). Unfortunately, the story has taken a turn for the worse. The Georgia House has passed a bill, House Bill 257, to eliminate the state EV tax credit, which would go into effect July 1 if passed by the Senate.

If you want to help this key EV market and the EV industry as a whole, reach out to some Georgia state senators and use your awareness of the many benefits of electric cars in order to keep electric cars rolling off of Georgia lots.

As just one benefit, Clean Cities-Georgia executive director Don Francis states: “Each electric vehicle, we estimate, keeps $2,400 a year in Georgia which normally would have flowed out to other states like Louisiana and Texas to buy gasoline or diesel.”

Here’s my February article for more backstory on this:

#1 Nissan Leaf Market Is… Atlanta? (But City Is At Risk Of Losing Its Secret Sauce) (via Clean Technica)

Update: An Atlanta EV expert has chimed in with numerous corrections to the Atlanta Business Chronicle (ABC) article. I’m adding that as an addendum. If you read any of the quotes from the ABC article, the addendum is a must-read. Georgia is ranked…

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  • Rick Kargaard

    Why not a higher gasoline tax instead?

    • Bob_Wallace

      Can’t pass tax increases with the current folks running the House.

  • brody

    sounds like a plea to keep noncompetitive tech alive using the hard earned money of taxpayers to me

    • Bob_Wallace

      Perhaps you work for a foreign country and wish to see America fail?

      If we don’t invest in future technology we fall behind.

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