Georgia EV Supporters Prepare To Defend State Credit In 2015

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

EV supporters in Georgia are gearing up to save the state’s tax credit from the chopping block after nearly losing it earlier this year.

According to WABE-FM, the city of Atlanta is second in the EV ownership game in the United States, falling behind the technocratic capital that is San Francisco. The high ranking is due to the state’s credit of up to $5,000 on EVs, helping to take off $12,500 from the bottom line when the $7,500 federal credit is taken into account.

Were the state credit have been cut, EV sales would fall dramatically. EV Club of the South board member Michael Beinenson says the credit — and not wanting to feel like Ed Begley Jr. — is the main draw for consumers in Georgia. He also hopes that the credit’s terms are merely changed instead of the entire credit being guillotined when the state’s legislature meets again next year, and is preparing to defend it to the bitter end with other like-minded supporters.

The credit was set to be removed from the books in 2014, citing lost revenue in the millions of dollars as the reason; the bill that would have made it so died hours before the 2014 session drew to a close.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • FormerFF FormerFF on Oct 22, 2014

    From what I can tell, there is no Georgia tax credit on PHEVs.

  • Jeoff Jeoff on Oct 22, 2014

    Yeah, no PHEVs, but it does include leases--which is why you can find "Lease a Leaf for free in Georgia" postings all over the internet. Not really sure that this is the best way for the state to spend its tax dollars. Still, as long as the state is offering "free cars", I might as well pick one up, and limit the old minivan to occasional use.

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    • Jeoff Jeoff on Oct 22, 2014

      @bosozoku Ok, after looking in to it, the Nissan Leaf is just now "almost profitable"--after selling 140K units worldwide.--guessing the FFE will never be close to being profitable--although their R&D should be much less, being an electrified version of an existing car with a drivetrain built and developed by a third-party. (Note: Ford just dropped the price of the 2014 and 2015 FFE to about 30K).

  • 95_SC 95_SC on Oct 22, 2014

    I'm relocating to Augusta soon so if this is still out there I am going to give it a look. Didn't know Georgia had this credit.

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    • Qa Qa on Oct 23, 2014

      @mcs I have one and it's actually not mediocre as it looks. I have the base model and it has a great ride (probably because it's a bit heavy) and decent handling (due to low center of gravity) and dead quiet (like a luxury car). Heated seats and steering, back up camera are nice touches. I'm over 6 ft tall so the high seating really makes it easy to get in and out. We have 4 cars at home and the Leaf is the most sought after. In fact, I've exceeded my miles on the lease by 25% because everyone in our household is fighting to drive this car. It appears that Nissan designed this from the ground up. I wish they went with rear wheel drive with 50/50 weight distribution.

  • Stingray65 Stingray65 on Oct 22, 2014

    Once some group gets to suck the government teet, they get mighty noisy if the taxpayers who pay for it try to take it away.

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    • Stuki Stuki on Oct 23, 2014

      @jdogma How could sitting around having the Fed debase everyone else's savings and handing the proceeds to you free of charge, possibly be construed as sucking the government's teat....? I mean, those guys just produce sooooo much value and all... Like, without them getting billions and trillions of freshly printed dollars in exchange for nothing, that scary guy called the "financial system" would fail and stuff, so they must really be important! That's what the man on TV says, after all; and like all good, well indoctrinated progressive dronelings, we just know the man on TV is an expert and we should, like, listen to him and stuff....