Lawmakers Love Electric Cars in Georgia – 5 Bills Pending

FEB 21 2015 BY MICHAEL BEINENSON 14

Nissan LEAF Has Been Selling Like Crazy in Atlanta

Nissan LEAF Has Been Selling Like Crazy in Atlanta

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EV Club Of The South Logo

At least that was true earlier in the week. A total of 5 bills were introduced in various subcommittees during Georgia’s 2015 legislative session. Here is a quick list:

HB 122 – Complete Elimination of Zero Emission Tax Credit ($5,000) as of July 1st, 2015 (Author: Representative Martin of the 49th)
HB 170 – “Lets pay for new roads with EVs” – More below (Author: Jay Roberts of the 155th)
HB 176 – “The Prius Bill” – Allow a reduced credit of $2,000 for any vehicles above 47 MPGs (Author: Tommy Benton of the 31st)
HB 200 – “The charger Bill” – Creates a better definition for Electric Vehicle Charger Credit that includes retail businesses with an annual cap of $750,000 (Author: Don Parsons of the 44th)
HB 220 – “The Plug In Vehicle Bill” – More below (Author: Ben Harbin of the 122nd)

Many stakeholders including: EV Club of the South, OEMs, Local Utilities, Union of Concerned Scientist and Clean Cities Georgia have been working very hard in the past six months to ensure a continuation of Georgia’s success in the EV Market.

The biggest win to date is the elimination of HB 122 that would stop the tax credit as early as July of this year. This is the same battle by the same Representative as last year and as you know it was defeated in the last moment of 2014 session. [http://insideevs.com/georgia-does-not-cap-ev-incentive-hb257-doesnt-make-vote/]

HB 176 (aka The Prius Bill) was really helping a specific manufacturer such as Toyota benefit from a tax credit to help drive sales of Prius C in Georgia. This bill is now dead

HB 200 addresses the issue of not having a clear definition as to which businesses in Georgia can benefit from a tax credit by installing chargers accessible by public. At this moment the bill is heading to a full Ways and Means committee vote next week and will likely pass to a full House vote.

That brings us down to 2 bills. HB 170 addresses the shortfall in the DOT budget by eliminating the ZEV Credit ($5,000) and introduces a $200 annual tax on all EVs. Yes $200! That is an equivalent of driving an big SUV in Georgia and paying for road use tax through gasoline usage. Now, everyone should pay something for driving on the roads but $200 seems extreme. And not to forget all EVs would require a special license plate.

HB 220 (aka Plug In Vehicle Tax Credit Bill) introduced by Representative Harbin, is a measure that addresses many EV issues in Georgia while ensuring a growth through 2018. Here are some details [http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20152016/146933.pdf]:

Includes Plug In EVs (Only 200 Chevy Volts are sold in Georgia compared to 10,000 Nissan LEAFs)
Credit is based on the battery capacity:

  • 4-10 kWh – up to $2,000
  • 10+ kWh – up to $3,000
  • $30,000,000 annual cap
  • Credit use is restricted to once per 3 years.
  • Sunset by 2019 (2018 is part of a current compromise)

As of Thursday, HB 220 is now going for a vote in Ways and Means committee to be considered for advancement to the House floor.

While there have been great progress in eliminating HB 122 and HB 176, more work needs to be done. HB 170 presents a clear danger to the EV progress in Georgia and local EV Club of the South has launched a grassroots effort to educate the public on the importance of having a credit in Georgia.

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Stay tuned to InsideEVs for more legislative updates.

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GeorgeS
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GeorgeS

Looks like the plug in bill is the best one since it benefits ALL plug-ins.

ggpa
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ggpa

HB170 is wrong, yet many states have adopted something similar.

For some peculiar reason, some people think it is important that all vehicles (including the tiny % of EVs) pay taxes for using the roads, but they do not extend that thinking so that ICE vehicles have pay a tax for polluting the air.

James
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James

+100

David D. Nelson
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David D. Nelson

That is for sure. I have to pay the Washington State EV tax of $100/year on my 3-wheeled Gizmo EV. Since it was designed to go over 35mph (40 was official max) I have to pay the tax. I drive it about 2000 miles/year which means I pay about 3 times the tax per mile I do compared to my 2006 Corolla and my Gizmo is only 830lbs.

Tony Williams
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All cars / vehicles should pay to use the roads in an equitable manner (weight of vehicle and miles driven seem logical).

All CO2 emitting and polluting cars should pay a “sin” tax.

Brad S
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Brad S
Concerning HB170: You people that are against it need to get your facts straight. First off, cars are not taxed for their pollution that is created rather it is a user fee established by using the roadways. Without this funding, our roadways would not have a revenue source and would fall apart. (go to a 3rd world country and you will appreciate our roadway quality) Currently, Georgia, federal, and local taxes equate to about 45.9 cents per gallons of which 34.7 goes to strictly transportation. This results in us being dead last in per capita highway spending in the country! Let that figure soak in because most likely the same people that are complaining about their electric vehicles being taxed are the same that expect our roadway quality to be maintained or even improved! Furthermore, if all of our transportation funding comes from gas taxes, what happens when people buy electric cars or cars become more fuel efficient over time and require less gas? Well, ALL of our roadway funding diminishes. Also, let’s say the average person drives 12000 miles and gets 20 mpg. That equates to 600 gallons of gas per year. At $0.459 per gallon that is equal… Read more »
Mr. JW
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Mr. JW

You are cherry picking your facts. My car is also not putting pollution in the air, which the State uses tax dollars to fight. My car doesn’t use any of the gasoline infrastructure and industry that the State uses tax dollars to heavily subsidize. The State’s not giving me those tax dollars back. It’s a wash.

ampzilla
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ampzilla

wish ny had a state tax credit on ev
one that would benefit me since i have no taxable income.
was very difficult to get 7500 federal tax credit.
same thing with solar had to lease for my fed & state credit upfront one time payment

my coda is in a hybrid repair shop does not charge.
if i never had an ice vehicle only an ev
and then drove an ice which im doing now
i dont think i would go back to an ev. ice is awesome just point n go. but i like my ev i feel like im part of something big THE SOLUTION cant wait to park the ice an drive my ev CODA again

kdawg
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Someone bought a Coda?

Ted P
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Ted P

Wow Georgia, that is a huge mixed message on getting folks to adopt EVs. I suppose the legislatures never imagined 10k would be sold so soon.

That said, I can see a need for road use tax, but one that is fair across all types of vehicles. Still you are talking less than 1% of cars on the road currently.

Ted P
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Ted P

Oregon’s approach seems reasonable and makes sense.

ggpa
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ggpa

The anti HB170 crowd may have an ally in their power company.

I say that because the power company collects a good chunk of money from them, and in the US, utility companies are politically well connected.

If each of the 10000 EVs consume $300 worth of electricity per year, then this added $3 million to the local power company. A good chunk of this will be home charging, at night time, which is most beneficial for the power company.

Mister G
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Mister G

HB 357..Right to carry automatic weapons in a BEV bill, would fly through Georgia’s conservative government.

vinsnoop
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If they fall short to do so, you could speak other suppliers as well as purchase from those which could give motor vehicle past history records for their merchandise.