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www.ElectrifyAtlanta.com

Electric Vehicle information for Atlanta and Georgia

public charging stations in metro Atlanta and beyond

EVSE-mapThis public charging fact sheet (PDF) started out as a map of the stations around the metro Atlanta area, demonstrating how EV charging was spreading. It has now evolved away from being a map (use Plugshare for that) and into a general fact sheet on public charging, including an overview of the plug standards, the different charging networks, and how to use Plugshare.

In 2017, Georgia Power completed their initial rollout of “charging island” stations, which feature both Level 2 and dual-standard DCFC stations for a nominal cost. NRG upgraded most of their EVGO stations from Chademo-only to dual-standard, thanks to support from BMW.  Georgia now has good, if sparse, coverage of north Georgia and middle Georgia, and cities in neighboring states are now reachable.  You can now do a roadtrip in your EV!

In 2018, Volkswagen started rolling out their Electrify America charging network. These DCFC stations feature a minimum power of 150 kW, and up to 350 kW, and offer multiple stations at each site. Contrast this with the first wave of DCFC, such as the Georgia Power rollout above, which offer 50 kW and typically have only a solitary station at each location. The Electrify America stations are being built on highway arteries between cities, and south Georgia (along I-75) and northeast Georgia (along I-85) will finally be covered, enabling faster travel to Florida and to points northeast.

People new to EVs tend to get pretty confused and frustrated about the different plug types and power levels offered by these stations. ChargeWay is a marketing company in Oregon that came up with a way to simplify the world of EV charging, using a color code and a number. Check out the Green Car Reports article on the ChargeWay concept, which I hope does catch on nationwide.

When charging at a public station, you should be aware of proper charging etiquette.

In 2013, local EV owner Ray R. created this cost comparison spreadsheet to show how the cost of the Georgia Power stations compared to the NRG “EVGO” charging plans.  However it is now completely outdated, as both Georgia Power and EVGO have overhauled their pricing models (plus there is a bug in how the EVGO calcs work for multiple DCFC sessions). If you take the time to update this spreadsheet, or find another cost comparison, please let me know and I’ll post it here.