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EVs and the Environment


Plug-in electric vehicles can potentially get cleaner over time as the generation of electricity gets cleaner, while gasoline or diesel engines deteriorate over time leading to higher emissions with the age of the vehicle.

*12,000 and 15,000 miles driven


Gasoline-fueled vehicles may have more carbon emissions per mile than electric-powered vehicles.

Battery Recycling

The lithium-ion batteries used in PEVs contain non-toxic materials and are recyclable. The automotive and battery industries are developing a sustainable recycling model for these batteries.

Also, companies are looking to find "second life" uses for the batteries. Once the lithium-ion batteries have completed their useful life in automobiles, they still maintain 70 percent 80 percent capacity to perform less stressful duties (National Renewable Energy Laboratory). Companies are working on business plans to create second life uses for these batteries, which include storing excess renewable energy as well as providing community back-up when necessary.

Charging Your Vehicle With Solar

Recently, the idea of driving a PEV using renewable energy has become more popular. As energy sources of wind and solar become more cost-effective, PEV drivers have the opportunity to utilize these resources to fuel their vehicles. Southern Company is evaluating renewable energy generation in conjunction with stationary energy storage. This combination will allow a PEV owner to charge their car on renewable energy conveniently. The results will allow us to educate PEV owners on the benefits, costs and challenges of developing a renewable charging station.

Offset Usage With Simple Solar

If you would like to offset the additional electricity used to fuel your vehicle, Georgia Power offers the option to support solar power with 50% or 100% of your monthly energy usage. Please visit Simple Solar for pricing and additional information.

The Electric Grid

According to the EPRI-NRDC report regarding electric vehicles, "There is an abundant supply of electricity for transportation; a 60 percent U.S. market share for PHEVs would use 7 percent to 8 percent of grid-supplied electricity in 2050." Our studies on typical distribution lines in Georgia confirm that we have the capacity to handle electric vehicles. However, we encourage charging your PEV at night when there is excess capacity. We even offer a rate that passes the savings from charging during off-peak hours back to you.

Vehicle to Home (V2H) and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) are technology options that use the energy stored in a PEV's battery for purposes other than driving. V2H uses a PEV's battery to power the PEV owner's home in emergencies, like during interruptions or demand response events.

V2G provides power to the electric grid from the stored energy in the battery pack. V2G allows the utility to use the vehicle battery power for regulation services, peak demand reduction, or to meet sudden demands for energy. Southern Company is researching both types of technologies to better understand and utilize the benefits they provide to our customers.

After Your Purchase

Your vehicle manufacturer may send a request to you asking for permission to inform us of your vehicle purchase. This information helps us ensure your neighborhood transformer is prepared to deliver the electricity you'll need, especially if you and your neighbors choose to charge vehicles at the same time.

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