A Solar Powered Car Revolution In Georgia
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One of out of about every 60 new cars registered in the Peach State in the first six months of this year was an all-electric vehicle, according to IHS Automotive. As of March 2014 there are over 10,000 electric cars on the roads in Georgia. This is a 614% increase over March 2013. It seems the “range anxiety” concerns have subsided.
Why Is Everyone Driving Electric?
But why are so many people driving electric in Georgia and across the nation? It could be that there are now lots of plug-in options on the market…
19 different plug-in vehicles are available to purchase or lease today, including all-electric and partial-electric cars from BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Kia, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Tesla, and Toyota. And, even more plug-in car models are coming in 2015.
Other Perks Of Driving Electric
In Georgia, perks of driving electric over gasoline include access to HOV lanes, free FAST charging at Nissan dealerships around the state, and lower power rates for charging an EV during off-peak hours.
Plus, the state’s largest utility provider – Georgia Power - recently announced they would be investing $12 million dollars to increase the number of public electric vehicle charging stations in Georgia.
A $5,000 dollar state tax credit is available on the purchase or lease of a new all-electric car in GA. This amount can be combined with the $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit, and along with savings from not paying for gasoline each month, it is possible to drive a new all-electric car in Georgia for FREE (see our Drive A Nissan Leaf For Free In GA blog for more information). Its hard to turn down an offer to drive a new car for free!
Drop In Gasoline Prices Cannot Compete With Low-Cost Of Driving Electric Car
Even with the recent drop in gasoline prices, which hit an average of $3.35/gallon at the end of September, the cost of driving a car with electricity is still much more affordable, currently at $1.27 per gallon of gasoline equivalent. Looking at inflation-adjusted gas prices, you can go all the way back to 1972, and not find a time when gasoline was as cheap as electricity is today.
Solar Electric Cars And Homes
You’ll save money driving an electric car, and you can power it and your home with solar panels for even greater savings!
Just last week an article was posted on Yahoo discussing how there is a trend in powering both homes and electric cars with solar energy. Advocates say the investment pays off over time and is worth it for the thrill of fossil fuel-free driving. ”We think it was one of the best things in the world to do,” says Kevin Tofel, who bought a Chevrolet Volt in 2012 to soak up the excess power from his home solar-energy system. “We will never go back to an all-gas car.”
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