Georgia Power Now Has Fleet Of Chevrolet Volts

MAY 11 2015 BY MARK KANE 18

Georgia Power, elected officials and community leaders mark the roll out of Georgia Power's new fleet of EVs. (Left - Right) Latanza Adjei (Vice President of Sales, Georgia Power); Kenny Coleman (Senior Vice President of Marketing, Georgia Power); Michael Beinenson (President, EV Club of the South); Commissioner Tim Echols (Georgia Public Service Commission); Paul Bowers (Chairman, President & CEO of Georgia Power); and Carl Jackson (Electric Transportation Manager, Georgia Power).

Georgia Power, elected officials and community leaders mark the roll out of Georgia Power’s new fleet of EVs. (Left – Right) Latanza Adjei (Vice President of Sales, Georgia Power); Kenny Coleman (Senior Vice President of Marketing, Georgia Power); Michael Beinenson (President, EV Club of the South); Commissioner Tim Echols (Georgia Public Service Commission); Paul Bowers (Chairman, President & CEO of Georgia Power); and Carl Jackson (Electric Transportation Manager, Georgia Power).

Georgia Power again leads the way in showing how to promote electric cars as a utility company, which have a significant long-term interest in leveraging EV sales.

This time, Georgia Power officially unveiled statewide fleet of 32 new Chevy Volts, which will be used by energy efficiency experts.

“As the early summer sun rose on the parking lot of Georgia Power headquarters in Atlanta this morning, hundreds of Georgia Power employees, community and business leaders gathered for a special event around a glistening new fleet of plug-in electric hybrid Chevy Volts. Georgia Power Chairman, President & CEO Paul Bowers was joined by Commissioner Tim Echols of the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) and Michael Beinenson of the EV Club of the South to mark the addition of 32 new electric vehicles (EVs) to the company’s fleet.”

“The new, Georgia Power-branded Chevy Volts will be highly visible in local communities from Savannah to Columbus to Rome and will be driven daily by Georgia Power employees as they serve customers. The EVs will be used primarily by the company’s energy efficiency experts as they travel to conduct energy audits at homes and businesses, a service provided to help Georgia Power customers save money and energy.”

Earlier, under the Get Current. Drive Electric. program, the company launched an ongoing public education campaign, EV charger rebates for business and residential customers and special rates and charging options for EV customers.

Georgia Power Chairman, President & CEO Paul Bowers said:

“We are leading by example and demonstrating to our customers, and other Georgia businesses, that electric transportation works for all drivers. Through constructive regulation, and partnerships with organizations like the EV Club of the South, we are growing the EV market in Georgia and helping our customers reap the overwhelming benefits of driving electric.”

Georgia Power rolls out new fleet of EVs, pictured here in front of its Atlanta headquarters

Georgia Power rolls out new fleet of EVs, pictured here in front of its Atlanta headquarters

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Driverguy01
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Driverguy01

So, why are all the cars sitting there, unplugged, with no charging station anywhere in sight?

Breezy
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Breezy

I imagine because they didn’t have enough charging spots at their headquarters for all of the cars. The cars are being deployed statewide.

There’s a charging station clearly shown in one of the pictures. Looks like 3 spaces along the right side painted with green lines and plugs.

bro1999
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bro1999

They may have also positioned the Volts like that for photo op purposes.

ModernMarvelFan
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ModernMarvelFan

There are green logos marked on the right side to show charging spots…

Maybe they are all fully charged and need to move the cars so they won’t hog the spots.. =)

Assaf
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They probably also got them for a song, considering it’s closeout Gen 1.

Smart move by GP, and hopefully GM is smart enough to engineer such deals throughout the summer to keep good Gen 1 bottom line and media stories.

unbiased
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unbiased

“[…] hopefully GM is smart enough to engineer such deals throughout the summer to keep good Gen 1 bottom line and media stories.”

Don’t count on it.

Bonaire
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Bonaire

I wonder if they bought them from the off-lease block of cars that GE abused for a few years running mostly on gas. If so, then hopefully the new owners are going to plug them in.

Bonaire
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Bonaire

I see they bought “new”. Oh well. Why pay $16,000 when you can pay $32,000 and take some major tax credit advantage plus whatever GA State tax credits are for EREVs (not sure if as big as the Leaf/Tesla payout of $5000).

I would say a smarter move is to have bought all these as off-lease vehicles for generous savings.

Speculawyer
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Speculawyer

Tax credit plus ‘free’ power (they are the power company) means they’ll be pretty damn cheap for them. Seems like every utility should get EVs for passenger car needs. The EVs help get mindshare . . . the more people see them, the more they’ll accept them.

kdawg
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I don’t believe there is any state tax credit in Georgia for EREVs, just BEVs, but that is ending soon as well.

Dave K.
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Dave K.

You are correct, Ga. tax credit is for pure EVs only, though you can still get an Alt Fuel tag and drive in the HOV lane. The credit sunsets 6/30/15. Ga Power has been supportive lately offering a great TOU rate and installing lots of charging around the state.

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland

I would imagine Georgia Power needs to have a market for all the electricity its going to be generating, and otherwise wouldn’t need.

The Vogtle Units #3 and #4 Nuclear Ap1000’s are of course coming in way over budget, and Obama’s $8 Billion Loan Guarantee for the plant (my tax dollars at work) minimizes GP’s current obligation to only $6 Billion (assuming no more cost overruns, haha).

But seeing as this plant will produce electricity at roughly twice the cost of what Georgia subscribers currently pay, to keep the rate increase from being astronomic they have to find either new factories or other new customers.

Electric cars by the millions will be required, so the Volt is as good an ambassador for this as any. Its not a micro-minature econobox, and if sold in any numbers, will help reduce GP’s future energy glut.

Dave K.
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Dave K.

Bill the new Vogle reactors will replace plant Scherer, one of the largest and dirtiest coal plants in the nation. A decent trade IMHO.

zll
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zll

+1

Which is why I am a big fan of Vogtle.

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland

We agree to disagree… Thankfully I’m not around there. I just resent paying for it with my tax dollars for the federal ‘loan’ guarantee of over $8 Billion.

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland
In related news, Indian Point unit #3 in Buchanan, NY (35 miles from NYC) just had a transformer explosion, and it must have been the main grid tie transformer in view of the thousands of gallons of oil, and fire suppressant that have been discharged into the Hudson River. They say it will be out of service for 3 months. So that’s a good chunk of the period of hottest weather for NYC. Granted 1000 megawatts is not a superhuge amount of power, but in energy starved NYC, it can be problematic during hot weather when all the airconditioners are running. And of course, competing electricity suppliers will boost their rates a bit to capitalize on the situation. Entergy always did have the reputation of trying to get by with minimal maintenance, but it makes you wonder: If they can’t keep a low tech 60 hz transformer running (or at least keep the insulating oil level above the windings, since if air hits the windings everything will short out, as, it apparently did), then you have to wonder how adept they are at keeping the more sophisticated parts of the PWR going. IP #2, and #3 have historically been lately… Read more »
Phatcat73
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Phatcat73

Too bad they didn’t get a mix of Leaf’s as well.

MaxEV
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MaxEV

Leafs are not very good too much range degradation. Chevy sparks would be good if they wanted pure EVs but then they would have to flatbed tuck the Ev’s to their new respective homes. The volt is the best choice in this case.