Welcome New Wheego Team Member
Please join us in welcoming Robert Sanders to the Wheego team. Robert is our new VP-Engineering, Internet of Things. He will focus on making our future vehicles innovative and connected. Robert and our CEO, McQ, worked together 20 years ago at the Internet Service Provider MindSpring, where Robert was the Chief Technical Officer. Since then, Robert has worked at a number of technology firms in the Atlanta area. He will be based in our Atlanta office.
Earth Day 2015
Mark your calendars! Earth Day is April 22, 2015. Earth Day celebrations around the world will occur throughout April. Visit the official Earth Day website
to learn more.
Georgia May Shift To Reverse on EV Progress
Excerpted from an article by Josh Goldman the Union of Concerned Scientists. Read the full story here.
Georgia’s leadership on electric vehicle
(EV) adoption is in jeopardy. The two transportation bills that are before a 6-member conference committee
in the Georgia legislature would cut the $5,000 state tax credit for EVs in Georgia starting July 1 and
create a $200 yearly user fee for EV drivers in the state. This one-two punch to EVs is bad news for a state that, in 2014, saved $10 million on fuel costs and avoided the burning of 4.5 million gallons of gasoline thanks to EVs.
Hope for EV support in Georgia is not lost. Earlier this session, UCS supported a bill
that would have broadened the state EV tax credit to cover plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, like the Chevy Volt, and gradually phase the credit out over the next 5 years. The conference committee tasked with combining the differing versions of the transportation bill that passed out of each chamber in the Georgia legislature could include similar language in the final version of the transportation bill. But these members need to hear from constituents that continued support for EVs in Georgia matters to Georgia drivers.
If you happen to live in the jurisdiction of any of the below members, or reside in Georgia, reach out and let them know why continued policy support for EVs is essential
. You can also pen LTEs to your local media outlet, or post some of our facts on EVs
on your favorite social media networks. Let your voice be heard and stay tuned for updates on the fight to support EVs in Georgia.
Georgia Transportation Conference Committee Legislators:
Obama: Federal fleet must be 50 percent plug-ins by 2025
Excerpted from an article by Charles Morris in Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine. Read the full story here.
If the federal government wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions, one of the most obvious ways to do so would be to clean up its own vehicle fleet. The feds currently operate some 655,000 vehicles, and only a minuscule fraction of these are truly low-emission.
President Obama signed an executive order last week directing the federal government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2008 levels by 2025. As a part of this plan, plug-in vehicles are to make up 20 percent of government agencies’ fleets by 2020, and 50 percent by 2025. Agencies will also have to ensure that there is sufficient charging infrastructure.
“America once again is going to be leading by example,” said the President. “We’re proving that it is possible to grow our economy robustly while at the same time doing the right thing for our environment and tackling climate change in a serious way.”