Gallery: Ford to Offer SunPower Solar Arrays with Their New Focus Elect...

 

Ford has teamed up with SunPower to offer Ford Focus Electric buyers a solar array that will generate enough energy to power their vehicle for 1,000 miles a month. The two companies announced the partnership yesterday and it seems that with each purchase of the new all-electric Focus, the option to buy the solar charging system will come as an upgrade option. The upgrade will cost you though. The two companies noted the system will have a price tag of $10,000 — that’s after a 30% federal tax credit — but it will provide the vehicle with a clean energy boost that will extend its battery life.

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  1. Gang green November 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    1) If using net metering, there is no need to store the solar power produced. It contributes to your total electricity use, which includes your car. Therefore, the car does not have to be plugged in to make use of this energy source, and no batteries are needed. (Basic solar 101, here . . . Brit Ligget should know this!)

    2) ANYONE can run their EV on clean electricity, even without solar panels. All you have to do is go online or call to switch your energy supplier to a greener source. Many options exist, including 100% wind (ie Community Energy), or any non-fossil source including hydroelectric, biomass, solar, and wind. Its easy and cost competetive, and your default electric company will still transmit the energy to your house – only the source changes. (And, by increasing demand, you support clean energy in the process!)

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