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Electric Vehicle information for Atlanta and Georgia

EV basics fact sheet and EV market guide

EV-market-and-basicsThis Electric Vehicles fact sheet (PDF, 200 kB) serves as an intro to EVs. The first page summarizes the pure electric cars available on the market now, and the second page goes through the basics of electric vehicles and summarizes the “PHEV” cars on the market. If you do just one thing while visiting this website, do this: grab this PDF and take a long look at it later.

Less than half of the cars written up in the national press are actually available in Georgia. Most of the electric vehicles on the market are “compliance cars”, built by the big manufacturers but only offered for sale in California, or in “CARB” states that sign up to California’s emissions regulations. Georgia is most definitely not one of those states. And don’t think that you can just buy a particular car in California and then drive or transport it back; the dealers here in Georgia are not certified to work on it and you won’t be able to get it serviced. This fact sheet only shows cars that are actually supported in Georgia. Don’t waste your time looking at others.

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.

Oct 2020 update note

Huge update this time!

New EVs that have arrived in Georgia in the past year:
– Mini Electric (a little hard to get, low specs, but the new low price leader)
– Kia Soul EV (actually not arrived yet but should very soon)
– Tesla Model Y (long anticipated and delivered by Tesla faster than expected)
– Porsche Taycan (high performance sports car, fastest charging in the industry)

Other general highlights:
– BMW has completed their pivot to plugin hybrid EVs (PHEVs), gas cars that can also be plugged in. You will see their five (!) PHEV models dominating the REx/PHEV chart on the second page.
– Tesla and Chevy have now both exhausted the federal tax credit, so you’ll get no $7500 discount on those. Nissan will likely be next to exhaust the credit, but not until later in 2021, or perhaps not even until 2022.
– The Chevy Volt remains on the chart for now. Even though GM stopped building them early in 2019, this car will still be extremely popular in the used market, and serves as a useful benchmark in the fact sheet to compare other gas-electric cars to. The Volt was a groundbreaking, historic car, and is still a fantastic deal used. See the Chevy Volt page here for more info.
– Tesla EVs have many uniquely compelling features, applying across their entire model line, and I finally figured out a way to show them in the grid. The four rows for Tesla vehicles each have an “All Teslas” line that provides some information about the features; check all four entries, even if you’re only interested in one of the Teslas.

I used to discourage buying any new EV, and was instead recommending that you lease new but buy used. The technology was improving so rapidly that it was inevitable that you’d be disappointed to be stuck with an “old” car with poor capabilities (low range, low charging speed) compared to what was out now. I still discourage buying the latest models that have just launched, since in the first model year they are usually having the bugs worked out of them. In general, though, as of 2020 I think it’s now safe to buy a new EV, as long as it A) has at least 200 miles of range and B) can charge at least 100 kW. That last point is increasingly important — DC Fast Charging speed will make the difference between a car that you can only use within a hundred miles of your home, and a car that you can use for roadtrips and indeed use for everything. DCFC power matters and that’s why I include that number in the EV chart.

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. I have added used information to the Nissan Leaf page, the BMW i3 page, the Chevy Volt page and the Tesla page.

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.