- Georgia Power has completed 11 new EV charging islands located across the state, and has plans to open 50 more by the end of next year.
- The announcement marks the completion of the first phase of planned charging infrastructure being developed by the company.
- The "islands" will allow drivers to charge using a DC fast charger for a $4.95 activation fee for the first 20 minutes of charging and 25 cents per each additional minute.
Georgia Power says it is committed to the development of electric vehicles, and is working on an infrastructure plan that will help advance the state as "friendly" to the emissions-free vehicles. In addition to the charging stations, the utility has unveiled dozens of plug-in electric hybrid vehicles as part of its statewide fleet, and offers EV charger rebates for business and residential customers alongside a special rate for EV customers.
The 11 new stations are located in cities including Atlanta, Athens and Savannah. In addition to the fast chargers, drivers can use Level 2 chargers that include a $1/hour fee for the first three hours and 10 cents for each additional minute.
The charging station rollout comes at a rocky time for the EV industry in Georgia. While the state had put incentives in place to help EV markets develop, the legislature repealed the $5,000 credit this summer and imposed a $200 registration fee for new EV owners. A $500 rebate from Georgia Power for business customers that install charging stations is still available, as is a reduced EV charging rate from the utility.
State incentives and charging infrastructure are two areas where advocates want to see more done. Globally, EV infrastructure is poised to grow. A study from IHS predicted electric vehicle charging stations around the globe will number almost 13 million by the end of 2020 — up from 1 million in 2014.
According to the IHS report, about 10% of EV charging stations will be public by 2020, although they will lean heavily towards less-expensive and slower AC charging technology.
Correction: The original version of this post stated that Georgia has a $5,000 state rebate for electric vehicles. That is incorrect. HB 170, which became effective July 1, 2015, repealed the state rebate program.