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Last year, about one percent of Georgia's new vehicles were battery-electric, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported last month and Atlanta was a Nissan Leaf hotspot for many months. Sales were likely helped by the fact that neighboring states like South Carolina and Tennessee had lower EV incentives.

This may all change almost changed though, because a Georgia lawmaker just decided proposed to put a cap on its up-until-now generous tax credit for people who buy battery-electric vehicles. The cutback was proposed by state Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta).

Last week, Georgia, which has been providing a $5,000 tax credit for EV buyers, passed a law proposed passing a law (HB 257) in which the aggregate annual amount given out under the program can't exceed $10 million. That means that after the first 2,000 Leafs, Tesla Model S EVs and other plug-in cars are purchased, all other prospective green-car drivers are would have been out of luck for the year. The new wrinkle goes into effect next month.

Nissan is taking the news took that proposal in stride. Atlanta was the most prolific US metropolitan area for Leaf sales between last August and last December, and company spokesman Brian Brockman told AutoblogGreen that Nissan "supports incentives, such as the one in Georgia, as a way to increase consideration for electric cars among a broader group of consumers." And while the company doesn't disclose state-by-state sales figures, Leaf sales "are now growing rapidly in Georgia." It will be interesting to see if this changes 2,000 sales from now.

*UPDATE: Georgia legislators ran out of time before they could vote on HB 257, so it will remain in effect for another year.