Auto show illustrates how Peachtree Corners is leading the way in electric vehicle technology

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (CBS46) — A city just north of the Atlanta metro area could be called the tech hub of the Southeast. Peachtree Corners hosted its first-ever all-electric car show, but it wasn’t just hot rods on display.

From luxury cars and powerful trucks, to campers and even little robotic helpers that follow you around, the only difference from the Saturday morning car show at Peachtree Corners is that every vehicle on display was electric.

“We gave away our public infrastructure to allow businesses to come and play,” said Brain Johnson, city manager of Peachtree Corners.

It’s no coincidence that one of Metro Atlanta’s biggest electric car shows took place at Peachtree Corners, home to Curiosity Lab, a 500-acre technology center.

“We’ve created an ecosystem for companies to come test or demonstrate innovative technologies in spaces of mobility, smart city, IoT, cybersecurity, and more,” Johnson said.

A good example of this is Beep, which was on display at the auto show. A year ago, the city rolled out a fleet of three fully self-driving electric shuttles that loop around the city Monday through Friday, serving as public transit.

The Georgia Civil Service Commissioner attended Saturday’s event. While touting the city’s self-driving vehicles and numerous electric vehicle charging stations, he also advocated making electric vehicles more accessible to everyone. He says the Biden administration’s Cut Inflation Act can help because, for the first time, it will offer a tax credit for used electric vehicles.

“It’s going to be huge. A car like my Nissan Leaf, while it might not be ideal for driving to Panama City Beach, is great for running errands,” said Georgia Civil Service Commissioner Tim Echols. “So we really have to think about all the layers of what people can afford.”

The Echols Commission is also calling for electric vehicle tax credits to be restored at the state level here in Georgia.

Meanwhile, the city manager of Peachtree Corners hopes other cities across the country will do what they are doing, spurring public and private innovation.

“You never know, tomorrow or next year we might see technology that you know scaled from something like this that we wouldn’t have seen if we hadn’t done this. “, Johnson said.

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