At Georgia Power’s headquarters in Atlanta, 32 new plug-in electric hybrid Chevy Volts were rolled out as the company’s new electric vehicles (EVs) fleet. Georgia Power Chairman, President & CEO Paul Bowers was joined by Commissioner Tim Echols of the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) and Michael Beinenson of the EV Club of the South to mark the addition of the new fleet.
The new, Georgia Power-branded Chevy Volts will be highly visible in local communities from Savannah to Columbus to Rome and will be driven daily by Georgia Power employees as they serve customers. The EVs will be used primarily by the company's energy efficiency experts as they travel to conduct energy audits at homes and businesses, a service provided to help Georgia Power customers save money and energy.
"We are leading by example and demonstrating to our customers, and other Georgia businesses, that electric transportation works for all drivers," said Bowers at the event. "Through constructive regulation, and partnerships with organizations like the EV Club of the South, we are growing the EV market in Georgia and helping our customers reap the overwhelming benefits of driving electric."
Bowers also noted Commissioner Echols' leadership in increasing awareness of EVs in Georgia, including support and involvement in the annual Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow each June.
Georgia Power is dedicated to developing products and services which meet the needs of customers, including an increasing interest in EVs and electric transportation options. In 2014, Georgia Power launched a new electric transportation initiative to advance Georgia as an exceptionally EV-friendly state through its Get Current. Drive Electric.™ program. The program currently includes an ongoing public education campaign, EV charger rebates for business and residential customers and special rates and charging options for EV customers.