Randy Johnson, Southern Company’s director of transportation development, charges an electric vehicle at one of Georgia Power’s convenient charging stations in metro Atlanta.
With numerous automakers planning to introduce new plug-in electric vehicles, the future of electric transportation looks bright. With growing demand and the advent of more consumer choices, Southern Company’s subsidiaries are poised to serve this expanding market.
Southern Company continues to advance electric transportation through innovative programs that make driving a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) more convenient than ever. For example, to accommodate the growing number of PEVs on Georgia roadways, Georgia Power installed 36 new public charging locations in 2016 in cities across the state, with more to come in 2017. Since launching its Get Current, Drive Electric™ initiative in 2015, Georgia Power estimates that approximately 2,500 PEV chargers have been installed statewide by the company and its customers.
Plug-In Electric Vehicle Choices Expected to Grow
“With more automakers introducing new PEVs–and with battery ranges increasing–my colleagues at Georgia Power have really stepped up with the implementation of new charging infrastructure, customer education and special rate plans” says Southern Company’s director of transportation development, Randy Johnson.
Georgia Power public charging islands feature multiple options for PEV drivers including a DC fast charger as well as a dual port Level 2, 208/240-volt charger.
Georgia Power has also issued more than 2,100 rebates to residential and business customers through the Get Current, Drive Electric™ program. In addition, the company offers a plug-in electric vehicle charging rate, which helps customers save even more just by taking simple actions like setting a timer to charge their PEV at night and shifting electricity usage as seasons and demand times change.
The U.S. government has mandated that 20 percent of its vehicle fleet be electrified by 2025.
models of plug-in electric vehicles are expected to be on the road by 2019.