Welcome to ElectrifyAtlanta.com , a guide to Electric Vehicles (EVs) intended specifically for Atlantans and Georgians.

There are lots of reasons to go EV. First and perhaps foremost, EVs are far cheaper to operate than gas cars. You will quickly save enough money in gas cost to offset the extra money you paid up front for the car. Georgia used to have a state tax credit that made EVs an economic slam dunk; you didn’t even have to wait a couple years to get the payback — it was immediate. That state tax credit ended in 2015, so now it just takes a couple years to save enough to compensate for extra upfront cost. The car still eventually pays for itself in fuel savings.

But there are other reasons to go EV. You don’t want to pollute any more, contributing to Atlanta’s smog problem and climate change around the globe. You don’t want to send your money to Middle East oil states — or even to US oil companies. You don’t want to send your children to fight in oil wars. Perhaps you’ve ridden in an EV and were thrilled by the instant torque! Perhaps you like the stealthy, empowered feel of the electric drivetrain, the direct connection between your right foot and the power delivered to the road.

There are lots of reasons, and we don’t have to agree on them.

On the left side of the screen you will see several menu options; click on those to get the EV reference sheets and advice.

If you are new to electric vehicles (EVs), definitely download and print out the EV basics fact sheet and EV market guide. It’s just two pages, and designed to be printed out double-sided on a single piece of paper, because it’s the intro fact sheet that some local EV activists hand out to people when asked about these cars. We use this fact sheet at outreach event, handing it out to people who show interest in EVs, and it is updated 2-3 times a year.

The longest document here is the checklist for the perfect electric car, which acts as both as a guide for the prospective EV buyer and as an open letter to EV manufacturers. It collects an enormous amount of EV guidance in one place, and you should review it before you pull the trigger on the purchase of your own EV.

The most important pages are linked on the left, but there is some secondary information posted on the right, including more detailed information about EV technology, specific cars that I’ve owned and can provide more detailed guidance on, and contact information for me. There’s a page about the tax credits and the free access to HOV lanes (both complex topics). If you are also interested in solar power, there’s a solar power fact sheet.

Some of the car pages have detailed information about finding a great value in a used EV. When evaluating a specific used car that’s listed for sale, it can be difficult figuring out exactly which options the car is equipped with. The seller may not have provided sufficient photos, or some features can only be discerned from photos if you know exactly what to look for. The “used advice” information on the car pages is there to help you research specific cars, focusing on the cars that have been built in large volumes and thus appear frequently on used car lots. Currently, the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 pages have these details you need when researching earlier model years.

If you are really interested in EVs, you should come down to the monthly meeting of the “EV Club of the South” group. We meet up at Manuel’s Tavern on the third Wednesday of every month, and at our meeting typically ever major EV on the market is represented, with owners happy to answer questions or even give you a ride in their car. The EV Club has a website here, and they have a very active Facebook group.

Download the fact sheet, print it out and study it, share the EV thrill with friends, and enjoy driving electric!

– Chris