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SolarCity Brings Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations to the Masses

Posted By Allison Leahy On July 29, 2011 @ 2:40 pm In clean tech,green technology,Green Transportation,Solar Power | 1 Comment

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Hundreds of thousands of electric cars [1] are expected to be on the road in the next five years. Charging these vehicles has proven to be a challenge, mostly because of the lack of infrastructure — but now SolarCity is stepping in and answering consumer demands for cleaner transportation by offering installation services for ClipperCreek [2]‘s solar-powered EV chargers, which are compatible with all EVs currently on the road.


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The 240-volt chargers are available for as little as $1,500 and allow consumers to save up to 77 percent compared to what drivers of gas-guzzling vehicles pay for their fuel.  SolarCity [3], which is best known for leasing solar panels to residential and commercial customers, is offering existing clients a discount on the chargers–basically encouraging these customers to make the switch to EVs by subsidizing their chargers.

Beyond simple cash savings, powering EVs with electricity generated from a home solar system means that drivers can enjoy carbon-free electricity [4], unlike with standard EV chargers that grab electricity from the grid.

SolarCity made news in 2009 by partnering with Rabobank to install the first solar-powered electric car charging corridor [5] between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  This time around, the company will jumpstart the solar-powered service with installations at 24 of its operations centers in the U.S, including Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; and Washington, D.C.

+ SolarCity [3]

Via CNet [6]

Photos courtesy of Rabobank, SolarCity

 


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[1] electric cars: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=%22electric+car%22

[2] ClipperCreek: http://www.clippercreek.com/

[3] SolarCity: http://www.solarcity.com/residential/electric-vehicle-charging-stations.aspx

[4] carbon-free electricity: http://inhabitat.com/tag/zero-emissions/

[5] charging corridor: http://inhabitat.com/first-electric-vehicle-charging-corridor-installed-between-sf-and-la/

[6] Via CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20084102-54/solarcity-to-offer-solar-powered-ev-chargers/?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=GreenTech

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