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Electric Vehicle information for Atlanta and Georgia

EV basics fact sheet and EV market guide

EV-market-and-basicsI created this Electric Vehicles fact sheet (PDF, 250 kB) as an intro to EVs. The first page summarizes the cars available on the market now, and the second page goes through the basics of electric vehicles. If you do just one thing while visiting this website, do this: grab this PDF and look at it later.

There are over a dozen plug-in cars on the Georgia market! Everyone knows about the Nissan Leaf because it’s cheap and ubiquitous, and most people know about the Tesla models because of the cutting edge technology and insane performance, but between those two extremes there are now plenty of other plug-in cars to choose from. Click on the PDF to see what they are.

September 2017 update note:

The 2018 Nissan Leaf has been unveiled, and with it Nissan will likely continue to dominate the value end of the market.  The second generation Leaf has revamped styling and somewhat longer range, although the real range improvement is still another year away.

The Chevy Bolt EV is now available in Georgia, and is having a big impact on the market, since it offers about twice the range of the other affordable EVs at around the same price point.  Besides sales of the car itself, it is providing downward pressure on the cost of the other cars on the market, especially the BMW i3.  You won’t see that in the MSRP, but there are big discounts to be had, so ask the dealers about them.

The Tesla Model 3 has launched, sort of — Tesla is trickling out small numbers of the car to Tesla employees. There are some 500,000 people in line to get the car, so it’s not really a car you can get “now”.  But the Model 3 gets enormous attention from everyone, and it always comes up in conversations about EVs, so I’ve included it in the grid for comparison.

Several cars have been added to the PHEV section of the sheet, including the BMW 330e, BMW 530e and Volvo XC90 T8.  Another is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (plugin) minivan, which much to everyone’s surprise is actually making it to non-California dealers and is selling well all over the country.  On the flip side, the Kia Soul EV has not been selling well in Georgia (usually due to constrained supply from carmaker) and may get dropped from the grid on the next update.

The Ford Focus Electric has been dropped from the grid, relegated to the fine print at the bottom, due to lack of sales.  Even though Ford is officially offering the FFE nationwide, the truth is that you probably won’t ever find one on a dealer lot, so you can’t test drive it and thus you need to order it sight unseen.  After a couple years of flirting with non-trivial sales, the FFE has apparently returned to being a low-volume compliance car.

I continue to discourage buying any new EV — I still recommend that you lease new but buy used, and this is especially true for the models just launched, which at the very least are having the bugs worked out of them.

Some of the car pages on this website (linked on the right side) have detailed information about finding a great value in a used EV. When evaluating a specific car that’s listed for sale, it can be difficult figuring out exactly which options the car is equipped with. The seller may have provided insufficient 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 to help you research specific cars. As of November 2017, the Nissan Leaf page and the BMW i3 page have these details; the Chevy Volt page will get those details soon.

Think about this for a minute … How much are you spending on gasoline in your old car right now? How about for maintenance? (EVs have almost zero maintenance costs.) Now, have you ever actually driven an EV? Prepare to be wowed.