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  • 20 Sep 2018 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Reduced greenhouse gases is an often talked about subject with zero emission EV's but there is another type of pollution that can be easily reduced  with EV's using regenerative braking.  Regenerative braking minimizes the use of the traditional friction braking which produces the black dust particles of metal and whatever brake pad material you often see accumalated on your car, roads, signs, overpasses and even nearby flora. There is no production of black dust particles when using regenerative braking because the car is slowed down electromagnetically and not by friction.  A recent study explains why the brake dust can be harmful to our respiratory system.

     "Metals from brakes and other automotive systems are emitted into the air as fine particles, lingering over busy roadways. Now, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have shown how that cloud of tiny metal particles could wreak havoc on respiratory health."

     "In a study published January 31 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the researchers described how vehicle-emitted metals such as copper, iron and manganese interact with acidic sulfate-rich particles already in the air to produce a toxic aerosol."

    “Sulfate has long been associated with adverse health impacts,” said Athanasios Nenes, a professor and Georgia Power Scholar in the School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. “The old hypothesis was that the acidic sulfate burns your lung lining, which in turn leads the bad health effects. But there is not enough acid in the air alone to really have that impact.”

    “There’s a chain reaction happening in the air above busy highways,” said Rodney Weber, a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. “Acidic sulfate in the atmosphere comes into contact with those metals emitted from traffic and changes their solubility, making them more likely to cause oxidative stress when inhaled.”

    “That’s the smoking gun,” Nenes said. “The sulfate essentially dissolves those metals; when you breathe in those particles, the metals could be absorbed directly into the blood stream and cause problems throughout the body. For the first time, a mechanism emerges to explain why small amounts of acidic sulfate can adversely affect health.”

  • 16 Aug 2018 12:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Reposted from FB by Chris Campbell

    Charged Magazine's latest issue arrived in mailboxes a couple days ago, and includes a great feature on the Electrify America DCFC rollout that's funded by Volkwagen penalty money.  Lots of details in this article, and worth reading.  Link

  • 16 Nov 2017 3:44 PM | Anonymous member

    Atlanta residents: Let your City Council Person know that you support the proposed "EV Ready" regulations for new construction in the city of Atlanta. New construction would be required to include a few low cost extras that are easy to add while you're building your home, but become expensive to retrofit later. It adds value with low cost and you will be ready for an EV next time. The vote is this Monday, November 20. More information at: https://www.electrifythesouth.org/ev-policy.

  • 23 Feb 2016 10:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The EV landscape is changing quickly and as a consequence, earlier information can become outdated and misleading just as quickly.  This requires us to be a more educated consumer with the latest facts.  The Union of Concerned Scientists have recently released a comprehensive study comparing the cradle to grave emissions of EV and ICE cars.  A recommended read to stay current.  Here are the links.

    Full report

    Executive summary

    FAQ

    Video

  • 14 May 2015 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As you might have heard, the $5000 Georgia EV tax credit is no longer.  You must take possession of your new EV  by June 30, 2015 into order to qualify for the credit.  If you are unsure about getting an EV or want to know your options in getting another one, a great one-stop resource is www.electrifyatlanta.com.  It has tons of objective information about the types of EVs out there for sell, how to get the tax credit, how and where to charge your EV, what to expect and even solar power information!  It's great for both first time and experienced EV owners.  This website is independently developed and maintained by one of our members Chris Campbell. Because information about EVs are changing rapidly, Chris has done a great job of keeping the information on his website current and up-to-date.  So if you are on the fence about getting an EV, now is the time to get educated and purchase one!

  • 19 Feb 2015 9:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This petition will be hand delivered to those Georgia legislators that must be aware of this grassroot effort. Join here 

  • 03 Feb 2015 11:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For those who live in Georgia, as you know the EV tax credit is again under attack at the Georgia General Assembly and we want to show broad support to our legislators in various ways. I'm collecting suggestions and posting things we can do to help. 

    1. The HB 122 or the Transportation Bill, not only adds $200 to the annual Tag fee for EVs and PHEVs but it also eliminates the ZEV Credit or the $5,000.  HB 220 just got published and we need your help to support it!!! Currently HB 122 is trying to kill the Tax Credit and HB 220 is trying change it with the following highlights:
    Reduce the 20% allowance credit to 10% and with the $3,000 maximum. Expand the credit to include both BEV and PHEV vehicles with 10 kWh+ battery packs. Allow a smaller credit between 4 & 10 kWh for up to 10%/$2,000.
    Reduce the credit in 2018. Eliminate the credit in 2020
    Please click this link to a spreadsheet and find your representative and give them a call!!! The talking points are in the spreadsheet.

    2. (From the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Union of Concerned Scientists)  Consider joining a sign on letter in support of electric vehicles. This link describes the qualifications for sign on and the letter.



  • 26 Jan 2015 11:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    From Georgia Power's website -

    Georgia Power has launched its Electric Transportation Pilot Program to promote the use of electric vehicles (EVs) throughout our state.

    The program offers rebates, education and services – including special rates and charging options – to help our residential and business customers save money, save energy and help protect the environment.

    Explore our website, and return often for frequent updates, including information on rebates for the installation of qualifying charging stations, charging locations in your area.

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