Exclusive: Georgia Leads US In EV Adoption For 2014

3 years ago by Jay Cole 14

A Lowered Nissan LEAF MSRP And A failed Attempt In Georgia Eliminate A $5,000 Tax Credit Has Pushed That State To The Top Of The Class For EV Adoption

A Lowered Nissan LEAF MSRP And A failed Attempt In Georgia Eliminate A $5,000 Tax Credit Has Pushed That State To The Top Of The Class For EV Adoption

Thanks to an aggressive tax credit that can be worth up to $5,000, a lot of Nissan LEAFs in inventory, and some state representatives in the Senate that went home early, Georgia has now wrestled the lead from Washington state in the “highest EV market share” race.

So far in 2014, 1 in about every 60 (1.6%) new vehicle sales in Georgia are Nissan LEAFs all-electric vehicles, while California sits at number two selling 1 in 70 (1.41%).  Last year’s leader Washington state falls to number three notching a sale for every 87 fuel consuming vehicles.

Top 10 States For EV Adoption So Far In 2014

Top 10 States For EV Adoption So Far In 2014 (through 06/30/2014)

There was also some new faces in the Top 10, as Arizona checks in at #8 and Connecticut at # 10 – both of whom register about .2% electric vehicle adoption.  Falling off the chart from 2013 was District of Columbia and Illinois.

Top 10 States For EV Adoption In 2013

Top 10 States For EV Adoption In 2013

Our thanks go to the good folks at IHS Automotive for sending us these data points, as well as a hat tip to InsideEVs’ reader Jeff.

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14 responses to "Exclusive: Georgia Leads US In EV Adoption For 2014"

  1. scottf200 says:

    RE: Arizona checks in at #8
    Certainly these must be all leases after the LEAF battery degradation issues there.

  2. ffbj says:

    That’s pretty good that it is not even a compliance state. Really not much to compete with the Leaf nationally.

  3. Assaf says:

    Jay,

    Do the good folks at IHS also have the all-plug-in rates by state?

    Thanks!

    Assaf

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Plug-in rates? You mean including PHEVs? If so, yes they do.

  4. Spec9 says:

    $12,500 in incentives should be enough to get anyone to buy an EV if they care about saving money.

  5. Spec9 says:

    BTW, IHS make most of their money by consulting with the oil industry. They have huge databases on oil wells. It is interesting to see them tracking EVs so closely.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      IHS Automotive’s business is compiling all the data points in just about everyway you can think of. If you are nice to them…and they like you, sometimes they let you take a peak and filter out those numbers, (=

      /wave to Michelle at IHS

      1. kdawg says:

        But where do they get their EV data?

  6. ydnas7 says:

    Other states also have similar rebates, perhaps Georgia rises to the top because the Nissan dealers are more enthusiastic about the LEAF than other Nissan dealers?

    In particular, perhaps the local Nissan dealers in Georgia see themselves in deeper competition with Toyota, whereas other states the local Toyota dealers may also be Nissan dealers, and Toyota has an agenda against EVs.

  7. 2EVnogasdriver says:

    How low will Georgia get when the tax credit will be taken away in 2015? When it was setup in 1999 due to pollution, there was no expectation alt fuel vehicles would be built in any quantities. having a well educated work force of math enabled citizens made it a no brainer to lease or purchase an EV.

    1. leaf owner says:

      Rumor in GA is the will reduce to $2500 in April. Still a decent incentive.

  8. 2014 rank/%, 2013 rank/%
    GA: 1, 1.60%, 4(+3), 0.94%
    CA*: 2, 1.41%, 2(+0), 1.28%
    WA: 3, 1.13%, 1(-2), 1.41%
    HI: 4, 1.04%, 3(-1), 1.21A%
    OR*: 5, 0.61%, 5(+0), 0.89%
    UT: 6, 0.31%, 8(+2), 0.31%
    CO: 7, 0.27%, 7(+0), 0.33%
    AZ: 8, 0.20%, _(N), ––..0.24%
    TN: 9, 0.19%, 9(+0), ––..0.28%
    CT*: 10, 0.19%, 10(+N), ––..0.24%

    New to Top-10
    AZ: 8, 0.20%, _(N), ––.0.24%
    CT: 10, 0.19%, 10(+N), ––.0.24%

    Dropped out of Top-10
    DC: _%, <0.18%, 6(-x), 0.52%
    IL: _%, <0.18%, 10(-x), 0.25%

    Unchanged Rankings
    CA*: 2, 1.41%, 2(+0), 1.28%
    OR*: 5, 0.61%, 5(+0), 0.89%
    CO: 7, 0.27%, 7(+0), 0.33%
    TN: 9, 0.19%, 9(+0), ––.0.28%

    Increased Rankings
    GA: 1, 1.60%, 4(+3), 0.94%
    UT: 6, 0.31%, 8(+2), 0.31%
    AZ: 8, 0.20%, _(N), ––.0.24%
    CT*: 10, 0.19%, 10(+N), ––.0.24%

    Decreased Rankings
    WA: 3, 1.13%, 1(-2), 1.41%
    HI: 4, 1.04%, 3(-1), 1.21A%

    *ZEV states
    CA, CT, MA, MD, NY, OR, RI, VT

    Rank ZEV States (++.0.18%)
    CA, CT, OR

    Non-Rank ZEV States (––.0.19%)
    MA, MD, NY, RI, VT

    FYI: " ––". used for "Less Than" and "++." used for "Greater Than" as comment text randomly filter between pairs do "Less Than" and "Greater Than", even though NOT valid HTML tags! WTH?

  9. leaf owner says:

    I am a GA leaf owner and I’m constantly being asked about my experience. An amazing number of my coworkers are interested in EVs with the tax credit and that we also have on-site charging stations. Just watch the numbers continue to rise in GA!!!

  10. Dave K. says:

    Another factor is Atlanta’s long average commute, EV owners here save more money because they drive farther. Also reasonable average temps mean less concern about winter range reduction. But by far the biggest factor is the state tax credit. And Ydnas7 you are also correct, Regal Nissan in usually #1 Leaf dealer in the nation and others are very enthusiastic.