Thwaite: Save Georgia's EV Incentives From The Guillotine
Plug In America vice president Michael Thwaite is making a call-to-arms to ensure Georgia’s EV incentives do not go quietly into the night.
Per Thwaite, the main problem is a proposal by Georgia representative Chuck Martin of Alpharetta — known as House Bill 122 — that would “eliminate the state electric vehicle tax credits of $5,000,” a bill that Thwaite claims has 60 supporters on-board already.
He says that keeping the credit would also keep $2,242/year in Georgia, due to EVs — including the largest number of Nissan Leafs in a single state — recharging from an outlet as opposed to refueling at the pump; the state boasts one asphalt refinery and no oil-producing wells.
Martin’s last attempt to cap or eliminate state incentives for EVs came in 2014 through House Bill 257, which would cap the number of incentives to just 2,000 EVs/year. The bill was tabled when time ran out to vote upon it, though it could come up during the 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly, which begins February 4.
Gee, we went through a big discussion yesterday on EV and battery technology. No wonder there are no posts (yet) on this today: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/wright-teslas-camry-not-possible-despite-ongoing-success/
Average income of electric car buyers is something like 3 times the US average, so of course taxpayers should help these people buy a new car so they can feel good about their environmental profile as they drive their new Leaf, i3, Volt, or Tesla between their suburban McMansion to the airport to fly cross-country on a vacation paid for by the money "they" saved by "being green". I can't think of a better use of taxpayer money than that, unless it might be supporting another "green" venture such as Solyndra or Fisker.
That Leaf looks good in police livery.