Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Electric Driving Powered by the Sun

[Published Dec. 18, 2014, in the Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section as a sidebar to "You Don't Need a Suitable Roof to Benefit from Solar Power"]

In the article above I point out that you can power an electric car with the energy created by your home’s solar panels, whether those panels are on your roof or in a “solar garden” several miles away.  So, you may wonder, how many free EV miles can I get from a single solar panel? The answer is about 1,500 miles per year. Thus, if you drive your Chevy Volt (shown here) or your Tesla 15,000 miles per year, you could obtain all the power you need from 10 solar panels. Electric cars of all sizes get 3 to 4 miles per kilowatt-hour.

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