Dear Wheego Enthusiast:
In this issue:
8 States Revving Up Efforts to Get More Electric Cars on the Road
The following article by Maya Rhodan appeared in Time Magazine.
- 8 States Revving up to Get More Electric Cars on the Road
- New EV Incentives from Massachusetts
- Atlanta is Now the Number Two EV City
Eight states announced
a plan to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. From California to Maryland to Vermont, with some states in between, the goal is to incrementally increase the number of green cars driving on American highways.
The Zero Emission Vehicles Action plan outlines 11 “actions” that the eight states, including California, Vermont, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York, Oregon, and Massachusetts, will adopt in order to get the vehicles on the road. The steps include promoting the availability of zero-emission vehicles, promoting workplace charging and providing consumer incentives for buying green cars.
“This collaborative effort is an important step forward to ensure the success of our zero-emission vehicle programs. Transitioning our light duty transportation fleet to zero emission vehicles is essential if we are to achieve our long term air quality and climate goals,” said Gov. O’Malley in a statement.
New EV Incentives From Massachusetts
Massachusetts is moving quickly to implement their EV incentives. The first was announced last week; read more about in this article by Steve LeBlanc at boston.com:
Massachusetts drivers buying or leasing new electric cars can begin applying for rebates from the state worth up to $2,500, according to Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration.
Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia said the $2 million Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles program will let electric car owners or lease-holders receive a rebate on vehicles purchased on or after Wednesday [June 18]. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds have been used up. All applications must be submitted within three months of the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle.
The state is also accepting applications for a second program aimed at increasing the number of electric cars on Massachusetts roads. Under that program, the state Department of Environmental Protection will provide half of the funding needed for charging station hardware costs — up to $25,000 — to encourage employers to install Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations for electric and plug-in electric vehicles. The workplace charging grant program will also operate on a first-come, first-served basis. ‘‘The deployment of more electric and plug-in vehicles is an important step toward Massachusetts achieving’’ its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, State Energy Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett said.
Funding for both rebate programs comes from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative refers to the nation’s first multi-state ‘‘cap-and-trade’’ program. Massachusetts and the eight other states — Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont — participate in the program.
Atlanta is Now the Number Two EV City
Good news for Wheego’s hometown dealers – Atlanta now boasts the second-highest number of EVs. The following is excerpted from an article in The Saporta Report:
Metro Atlanta’s traffic congestion may be a mess, but the region is at the forefront of changing the vehicles in which people travel.
Atlanta ranks No. 2 in the nation for electric car sales. The Wall Street Journal
broke the story this week… Atlanta trails only San Francisco in sales of electric vehicles. Reasons include state tax credits averaging $4,000-plus for electric vehicles, access to charging stations, and access to HOV lanes. Cheap electricity is a big factor. Georgia Power’s off-peak rate is 1.3 cents per kilowatt-hour, compared to the average national cost of nearly 12 cents per kilowatt hour.
“I think it’s because the technology and understanding and how it fits into the lifestyle of people is really starting to resonate,” Jules Toraya, the Zero Waste manager with the city of Atlanta, was quoted in the wsj.com article. “The Georgia low emission vehicle and zero emission vehicle tax credits are important because they help consumers pay attention to advanced vehicle technologies. The Georgia General Assembly has sent a clear signal to the market that the State of Georgia welcomes the deployment of advanced vehicle technologies.”
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed checks out a Wheego LiFe.
Atlanta drivers - Peachy Airport Parking now offers indoor parking with 120V EV charging
. $10.99 per day includes charging the car, free car wash, bottled water and a USA Today. Sign up for the Peachy Rewards Program to earn 15% off each day and accrue points towards a free day of parking. Visit peachyairportparking.com
for more information.