Georgia Needs Your Help In Stopping The Removal Of A $5,000 EV Tax Credit (video)


Atlanta area has become home to over 7,000 Electric Vehicles. This did not happen overnight.

During the first generation of GM EV1, there had been a few cars roaming the I-85 and taking advantage of HOV lane access. Even two Costco stores had chargers installed (they are gone now, but the cable is still underground).  We all know how that ended.

Atlanta - Soon To Be Less EV-Friendly Without Your Help

Atlanta – Soon To Be Less EV-Friendly Without Your Help

Where it started again was when NISSAN LEAF was introduced in 2011 and people began finding out more about the advantages of driving an electric vehicle. A lot of those purchasing decisions had to do with a $5000 Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) tax credit. This credit helped early adopters get into vehicles and become ambassadors of the EV world; which lead to more and more people realizing how rewarding it was to own an Electric Car.

Today there are many models of EVs on Metro Atlanta Roads. But all of it can come to an end if a proposal by Representative Chuck Martin to amend an original bill – HB 257 passes on Monday. It has already cleared the Tax Subcommittee and is headed to the House floor on Monday.

We ask everyone who drives an EV, knows someone who drives an EV or perhaps is thinking about driving an EV to watch this video and call your Georgia State Representative and Senator to stop this attack on Electric Vehicles and stop HB 257. Killing it as soon as April 1st, 2014 does not help anyone. Please get involved and help save Georgia EVs.

Editor’s Note:  Our thanks to Michael for taking the time and effort to highlight this issue, and Jason Bass for the making of the video.  The above video is produced by Jason Bass, a member of EV Club of the South.

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14 Comments on "Georgia Needs Your Help In Stopping The Removal Of A $5,000 EV Tax Credit (video)"

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I can’t help from Florida can I?

It’s kind of scary how hard it is to get people to understand how positive EV’s are no matter which way you look at it.

There should be nationwide, nay global, commercials just informing people on the positive effects of EV’s. The list is so long it’s almost scary…


Georgia has been offering the second largest tax incentive in the country. Many states have none. We all know these EV incentives will come to an end some day. When my smaller Illinois incentive comes to an end, I won’t consider it “an attack on Electric Vehicles”. Just as when the HVAC credits ended a few years back, I didn’t consider that an “attack on furnaces”. Rather, I will just be thankful that I was in a position to take advantage of both. I didn’t purchase my Chevy Volt or my new Carrier system so I could consider myself an “ambassador”, nor do I feel entitled to such incentives.

An abrubt stop in 2 months is an attack. Phase out in a timely manner. I hate fossil energy more than anyone, but I don’t think we can phase it out in 2 months, but several years. This expenditure isn’t killing the seed corn of our future like pollution does, so I think it should be given an orderly multi-year drawdown. This proposal is radical because of it’s time frame. So the proposal is a radical attack on EVs. Plain and simple.

It sounds like the body-count will be pretty high. I’m imagining EV-owner corpses stacked up like cord-wood. Your melodrama is outstanding!

My narrative wasn’t clear. You seem to think I’m comparing harm from pollution to harm from stopping EV credits. That’s not what I’m saying. In fact I’m saying harm from pollution is much greater. Here, let me reiterate more clearly: If pollution is worthy of a gradual phase out, then certainly the EV credit is worthy of one.

(gradual, as opposed to an instant phase out). So, like I said, it’s the abruptness of this which is bad.

I would agree with you if the law was shutting off all state and federal EV incentives in every state and country across the globe. But in reality, it only affects one of two EV incentives in your state in the USA. Plus it’s an incentive that few know about, and even fewer take advantage of.

So even though I like EV tax incentives and I understand why you’re upset, I don’t agree that CO2 is “pollution”. I also think the impact of this one law on global CO2/pollution will be negligible. Hence my sarcasm about corpses and body-counts.

Atlanta needs EVs, for nothing else other than to help reduce pollution.

I support ev’s and incentives to own them, above the real incentive to own them which is that they are cheaper to run. The video is full of hyperbole, as are most advocate points of view.
In argument people often think that if you list a number of reasons you are for something that it will add power to the argument. While this can be true it is often the opposite case.
Simply say they are cheaper and better for the environment, and leave it at that.

I’m ok to stop the subsidies. As a republican (bad bad I know), I admit that the government has been a necessary force in getting the EV market started. However, any real market has to stand on its own, and in the long run subsidies just distort the market. And EVs are a real market.

I have two of them in my garage. But no, they cannot sustain just yet. There is almost no profit for the non-Tesla companies. And the TCO math still doesn’t quite work, even with the federal incentive factored in.

I – obviously, through my purchases – strongly hope they can hold on until the better/cheaper tech comes along.


I think we still need incentives, but I am ok if there is a plan to phase then out over a couple of years.

I say this because the traditional manufacturers are still not committed to stay in the EV market.

One of the best things of the Federal incentive is that the amount varies depending on battery size, which helped place a big and diverse group of PHEVs and EVs on American roads.

Contrast that to Germany (no incentives, almost no EVs) and England (same incentive for EV or Pug in Prius, again almost no EVs)