City of Atlanta Passes ‘EV Ready’ Ordinance

Earlier this year, the City of Atlanta passed a 100 percent clean energy resolution to begin transitioning the City away from fossil fuels to cleaner, more renewable energy sources. As a part of that transition, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience, working with local partners proposed a new ordinance, 17-O-1654, that would require that 20 percent of all new commercial parking structures and all new single-family residential homes in Atlanta be “EV ready.” The ordinance was passed unanimously by the Atlanta City Council yesterday.

EV-friendly policies can provide BIG benefits for Georgia

The blog was written by Anne Blair, SACE, and Katherine Stainken, Plug-In America. Two years ago, Georgia was second in the nation for the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. But in 2015, Georgia repealed the state’s existing tax credit for Zero Emissions (ZEV) vehicles, which had been on the books since the [...]

How are cities becoming more secure and resilient?

SACE has joined the City of Atlanta Office of Resilience‘s Power to Change initiative and the Electrification Coalition in hosting a series of webinars to profile electric vehicle (EV) growth, policies and programs and their role in making the city more resilient. In the first webinar of the year, the City of Atlanta profiled their [...]

EV Range: How far can an electric vehicle take you?

The most frequent question I get when talking about electric vehicles (EVs) is how far can they go?  There is no single answer — it depends on your choice of EV! Today, there are now a growing number of diverse EVs on the market. Battery electric vehicles run exclusively on electricity via batteries (often referred [...]

City of Atlanta Commits to 100% Renewable Energy Goal

On Monday, the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution that commits the City to meeting 100 percent of their electricity consumption with clean energy resources and associated technologies by 2035. The goal also includes a near-term goal that will commit the City to powering their own facilities with 100 percent clean energy by 2025. The vote on the resolution was unanimous.

Electric Vehicles Facing New Threats in the Southeast

Under the gold dome in Georgia this year, legislators had the opportunity to consider new legislation to support electric vehicles (EV) and reduce the burden felt by both current and potential EV drivers in Georgia. HB 317 was introduced by Representative Todd Jones (R-South Forsyth) to reduce the “EV user fee” that was passed as [...]

How one southeastern city is connecting renewable energy, transit and electric cars

Last week, we published a blog on Chattanooga’s Empower Chattanooga program, a flagship project for local sustainability, non-profit green spaces, and low-income energy efficiency solutions. But, Chattanooga is also leading the way with some innovative new transportation initiatives. On October 24, as part of a hearing in Ringgold, Georgia (near the GA/TN border) of the Georgia [...]

How to beat EV range anxiety? Say hello to the Chevy Bolt!

Do you remember the first time you heard about the iPhone? Like me, did you think “why would I need a phone that did all that?” How long did it take before you were a proud owner and realized that you couldn’t live without it? My bet is that it didn’t take you long. Now, [...]

Another gas shortage? These simple fixes could save us

Recent news and panic of a petroleum pipeline leak in Helena, Alabama (south of Birmingham) is making its way up the East Coast. The pipeline, owned by Colonial Pipeline Company, supplies some 40% of fuel to drivers from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey. More than 336,000 gallons of fuel have leaked so far and those estimates could still rise as more is learned about the leak. The pipeline has been shut down for repairs and therefore has reduced the supply of gasoline to certain markets in the Southeast.

How are the White House’s transportation initiatives measuring up?

Three years ago, the Obama Administration outlined their goals for “Building a 21st – Century Transportation Sector” in their Climate Action Plan. The goal of the plan included increasing fuel economy standards and expanding advanced transportation technologies. We’ve come a long way in those few short years. The Administration has dramatically increased fuel economy standards for our cars, which aims to achieve a 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) fleetwide average by 2025. Through this initiative alone, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) over the lifetimes of the vehicles sold (MY 2012-2025) will be cut, save families more than $1.7 trillion in fuel costs, and further reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Just last week, new rules to dramatically improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions were also finalized.