Georgia Power is committed to help grow the electric vehicle (EV) market and expand EV charging access throughout our state. As we make strides in electric vehicle technology, the cars are becoming more practical, reliable and affordable than ever. Beyond passenger cars, the electric transportation market now includes buses, shuttles and heavy duty trucks along with off-road and industrial vehicles like forklifts and sweepers.
Technology & Adoption Trends
Electric vehicle adoption rates have been soaring over the past few years as the battery technology allows us to travel longer distances between charges. Auto manufacturers continue to announce new models giving the consumer more choice than ever before.
Adoption Rates in Georgia
Currently Georgia has over 20,000 registered EV drivers across the state and Atlanta is the highest ranked city in the Eastern United States for the number of publicly available EV Charging staions.
Understanding your EV Options
Which EV is right for you?
Electric vehicles come in many forms, but all have batteris and need to be plugged in to recharge. Meet the six types of electric vehicles:
1. Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have no gasoline engine and run exclusively on the energy stored in on-board batteries. These vehicles can run for 100 miles or more before recharging. Examples include the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt and all TESLA models.
2. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are powered by an internal combustion engine that can run on conventional or alternative fuel and an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery. The vehicle can be plugged in to an electric power source to charge the battery. Some can travel more than 70 miles on electricity alone, and all can operate solely on gasoline (similar to a conventional hybrid). Examples include the Ford Fusion Energi, Mercedes 350E or Chevy Volt.
3. Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV)
Extended range electric vehicles (EREVs) are primarily powered by an internal combustion engine that runs on conventional or alternative fuel and an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery. The battery is charged through regenerative braking and by the internal combustion engine and is not plugged in to charge. Examples include the Toyota Prius.
4. Low Speed Electric Vehicles (LSV and NEV)
The LSV, low-speed vehicle, and the NEV, neighborhood electric vehicle are total-electric vehicles that are street legal in 35 mph speed zones.
5. Light Duty Vehicles (LDV)
Light duty is a catch-all term for passenger vehicles that gain some of all of their propulsion from electricity.
6. Off-Road and Non-Light Duty
For commercial and government use, there are a variety of forklifts,sweepers, scrubbers and varnishers, medium-duty last mile delivery vehicles, school buses, transit buses, private shuttles, transport and refrigeration units, heavy duty class 8 semis (on road and non-road), airport and seaport electification equipment.
For more information on the different types of plug-in vehicles, visit GoElectricDrive.
Buying an Electric Vehicle
Consumers today can choose between hybrid vehicles, which do not plug in, and plug-in electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles. Buyers should evaluate their own driving needs to determine how the different vehicle technologies can work for them.
EV Models Available Today
Just about every auto manufacturer has an EV on the market today. Many have more than one! Visit the showroom at GoElectricDrive to see tham all.
In Georgia, the state legislature ended the $5000 credit for BEVs in 2016, but is currently evaluating new incentives for vehicles and charging equipment. Georgia Power customers may be eligible to receive up to a $250 rebate for installing a Level 2 Charger in their home.
Rebates are available through December 31, 2018.
All-electric and plug-in hybrid cars purchased in or after 2010 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The credit amount will vary based on the capacity of the battery used to power the vehicle. Visit FuelEconomy.gov for more information.
Small neighborhood electric vehicles do not qualify for this credit, but they may qualify for another credit.
Types of Chargers
Find out which type of charger you need for your vehicle at home. There are two types and your needs will vary based on which vehicle you own, and the distances you drive.Learn More
Get Current™ at your Home
EV enthusiasts have helped to make Georgia a top-ranked market for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Georgia Power is committed to supporting our residential customers who switch to clean transportation with rebates, education and services through our Electric Transportation Pilot Program.