Last year, about one percent of Georgia's new vehicles were battery-electric, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported last month and Atlanta was a Nissan Leaf hotspot for many months. Sales were likely helped by the fact that neighboring states like South Carolina and Tennessee had lower EV incentives.

This may all change almost changed though, because a Georgia lawmaker just decided proposed to put a cap on its up-until-now generous tax credit for people who buy battery-electric vehicles. The cutback was proposed by state Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta).

Last week, Georgia, which has been providing a $5,000 tax credit for EV buyers, passed a law proposed passing a law (HB 257) in which the aggregate annual amount given out under the program can't exceed $10 million. That means that after the first 2,000 Leafs, Tesla Model S EVs and other plug-in cars are purchased, all other prospective green-car drivers are would have been out of luck for the year. The new wrinkle goes into effect next month.

Nissan is taking the news took that proposal in stride. Atlanta was the most prolific US metropolitan area for Leaf sales between last August and last December, and company spokesman Brian Brockman told AutoblogGreen that Nissan "supports incentives, such as the one in Georgia, as a way to increase consideration for electric cars among a broader group of consumers." And while the company doesn't disclose state-by-state sales figures, Leaf sales "are now growing rapidly in Georgia." It will be interesting to see if this changes 2,000 sales from now.

*UPDATE: Georgia legislators ran out of time before they could vote on HB 257, so it will remain in effect for another year.


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      Spec
      • 10 Months Ago
      What a STUPID way to change the law. Why not reduce the tax-credit to $2000 or something?
        raktmn
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Spec
        I believe California does the same thing with their smaller $2500 dollar tax credits. I suppose they could have cut the credit in half, but they still would have had to have limited it to 4000 cars to keep it within the $10 million cap.
      raktmn
      • 10 Months Ago
      Thanks for the correction.
      • 10 Months Ago
      This article must be retracted as the HB 257 did not make it on the Senate's floor yesterday and therefore ZEV/LEV Credits remain
        • 10 Months Ago
        Yes! Please retract the article or give it a major overhaul. The two houses never agreed on common language, so the bill is dead, despite the headline of your article.
      raktmn
      • 10 Months Ago
      Personally, I'd like to thank Georgia for their support of EV's. This is much more than most states are doing, so appreciation is deserved where appreciation is due.
      jeff
      • 10 Months Ago
      How in the world would this be implemented? You do not request the rebate until you file your taxes at the end of the year???? This has to be the stupidest thing that they could have done....
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jeff
        You fill out a form , its approved by the state. When you file your taxes for the year you click a box saying you are eligible for the tax rebate against your tax. If your state tax liability is not equal to 5k you can use the remainder for I think 3 years. Example: if you have paid 5k or owe 5k in 2013, you do the steps and you would get a 5k tax refund.
      Mark
      • 10 Months Ago
      So why do I not get an incentive to buy a new gas powered vehicle? They are more fuel efficient than my old car. The only difference that I see is that electric vehicles are the latest fad. They are only good for trips to the local coffee shop, and who will pay to clean up all those batteries in three years when they start to fail. Not the owners who received their nice cash bonus from the state, god forbid that they should pay. So that leaves the usual cash outlet, taxpayers. Sorry I cannot pay any more unless I stop eating, taking medications and turn off the heat in my home.
        elctrNmbliT
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Mark
        Is this your first time to wander onto an alternative transportation site and ponder how ridiculous it all is? If you did any research beyond your own thoughts you would find answers to all the questions you asked above. "only good for trips to the local coffee shop" False. Tesla Model S EPA rated range of 280 miles. When used with Tesla's ever growing network of superchargers you can already travel anywhere in the continental US with recharge times of 30 min. or less. "and who will pay to clean up all those batteries in three years when they start to fail" False. EV batteries already are being used beyond their original use for stationary power storage apart from being recycled. Nissan has a pilot project in Japan that stacks used Leaf packs in shipping containers for mobile stationary power storage. When Tesla builds their new Gigaplant some of the output capacity will go to making batteries for stationary power storage as well. The plant will also be able to recycle the packs' raw materials at end of life. This is all part of the life cycle cost of the product. Do we just throw all that steel away when ICE cars engines start to fail? By the way the batteries aren't failing in 3 years. That's ridiculous. There are already thousands of EVs out there of all brands that have been driving for 5 years with over 100,000 miles on them. There is degredation of the battery but it varies by car company depending on how the battery capacity is used and if they have active thermal management. So please do some reading before you come here and post these weak talking points. If you are trolling you are in the wrong place to find any converts to your cause.
        raktmn
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Mark
        Mark, my tax dollars are already subsidizing your gasoline.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Mark
        What, you missed out on the "cash for clunkers" program? You could have/should have gotten a more fuel efficient car then, eh? If only EV's WERE a real "fad," like the Beatles or hoola hoops, then adoption would be much higher. Most folks don't drive over 40 miles per day so even the Leaf, with about double that range comfortably, is a suitable choice. Battery recycling infrastructure is already in place, and where did you get the idea the battery will only last 3 years? Fox News no doubt. Who do you think pays for all the lung disease that your ICE smog-belcher produces? The climate change you're contributing to? Taxpayers, of couse - no man is an island. The taxpayers can help you out if you can't afford heat or food...and heaven forbid you go off your meds!
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