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Electric Vehicle information for Atlanta and Georgia

EV basics fact sheet and EV market guide

This Electric Vehicles fact sheet (PDF) serves 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 take a long look at it later.  It’s two pages, designed to be printed out double-sided and handed out.

Only some of the cars written up in the national press are actually available in Georgia. Many 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 available in Georgia. Don’t waste your time looking at others.

September 2022 update note

This is a huge update, the biggest update I’ve done in the 11 years I’ve been maintaining this fact sheet. Most of the changes were due to the revamped EV tax credit, which affected nearly every model, but I also had to rebuild the entire document from scratch as after 11 years of tweaks it was finally too corrupted to print. It’s super tricky packing all this information into two pages …

Specific updates:

  • All prices updated with new tax credit impact; most of them LOST the tax credit! See the EV tax credits page for much more about the revamped tax credit.
  • New EVs in the pure-electric chart: Ford F-150 Lightning, Volvo C40 Recharge
  • New PHEVs: Audi Q5, Jeep Grand Cherokee, two Lincoln SUVs

General observations:

  • The new tax credit is a huge win for PHEVs, because most of them are assembled in North America. There are 10 PHEV models that still qualify for the tax credit, and the Ford Escape PHEV is the new price leader there.
  • In the short term, until end of 2022, Nissan and Ford are big winners as their three models are now the ONLY pure EVs that currently qualify for the tax credit. The Nissan Leaf is the price leader again, edging out the Mini Electric that is now ineligible for the tax credit.
  • Of course, this is only the situation until EOY. On January 1st, Tesla and GM models will again qualify as the old 200,000 unit cap will go away. Then there will also be new battery requirements to contend with, but we’ll figure out those details in January and this fact sheet will get updated again …
  • The Volkswagen ID.4 SUV might qualify for the new tax credit once they start delivering units that have been produced at their Chattanooga plant, instead of in Europe. As of Sept 2022, production had started in Chattanooga but at low volumes and pre-production only (e.g. units to employees for qualify checks) and there had not yet been any deliveries to end customers. For now I’ve got the ID.4 on the table with no tax credit, but once it does qualify you can take $7500 off the net price.
  • Technically, the Rivian R1T pickup truck does qualify for the tax credit this year, but only people who ordered long ago will get their Rivians this year. Rivian eligibility for next year is unclear.
  • The BMW i4 sedan and iX SUV are two new pure EVs that are just starting to deliver in numbers, and should appear on this fact sheet at the next update. They’re unlikely to qualify for the new tax credit, both due to assembly location and high price.

General comments on purchasing, leasing and buying used

For a full decade I had been discouraging the purchase of any new EV — I recommended that you only leased new EVs. This was because EV technology was rapidly improving, including the range (in miles) and the charging speed (in kW), and you didn’t want to be stuck with a suddenly inferior car that was also plummeting in resale value. However, starting at around 2019-2020, EV technology reached a point where I think it’s now OK to buy outright instead of lease — new models now typically offer at least 250 miles of range and at least 100 kW of DC Fast Charging power. Those two minimum numbers mean the car is good enough for pain-free roadtrips, and you’ll be much less likely to regret the purchase years from now. That said, you may have your own reasons for wanting to lease (or try out a “lease takeover”!), in which case you should check out the leasing / lease takeover page on this website for more guidance specific to EVs.

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 used cars, literally a specific used car with a specific VIN. See the used information on the Nissan Leaf page, the BMW i3 page, the Chevy Volt page and the Tesla page.