'Truck Belt' Georgia Ranks Fourth in Electric Car Adoption

Georgia ranks behind Washington state, Hawaii and California in electric car registrations with the most popular being Nissan's LEAF.

Published: 31-Jan-2014

Considering its notch — geographically and philosophically — in the middle of the “truck-belt,” Georgia, it turns out, is a leader in its embrace of fuel-free electric vehicles.

The Peach State ranked fourth in the nation in the percentage of electric vehicle registrations, according to auto website Edmunds.com. Georgia was the only non-West Coast state, trailing Washington, Hawaii and California.

Even so, EV adoption is infinitesimal — accounting for just 1.1 percent of all vehicle car registrations in Georgia between January and November.


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