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 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 on June 30th 2015, so that just extends the payback period to a couple years. The car still pays for itself in fuel savings.
But there are other reasons to go EV. You don’t want to pollute anymore, 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. More positively, 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.
The largest 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 (a complex topic), and if you are also interested in solar power, there’s a solar power fact sheet.
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, print and enjoy!