Your Electric Car Should Run on Sun®
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The Nissan Leaf entered the market in December, 2010 after reservations were taken online. The Nissan Leaf has a 24kWh battery pack that provides up to 100 miles on a charge, with 60-80 miles being a more realistic range.
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The Chevy Volt is a plug-in hybrid that is designed to go the first 40 miles each day solely on electric power.
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The Coda is made by Southern California based CODA Automotive. It has an expected range of 90-120 miles per charge and a top speed of 80 mph. The Coda has a 33.8kWh battery pack.
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The Tesla Roadster is available now - but it will cost you a pretty penny! According to Tesla, the Roadster has a 53kWh battery pack that will provide up to 236 miles on a charge
Electric cars are the wave of the future — whether it be a pure electric like the Tesla Model S (Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 2013) or Nissan Leaf, or a plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt — and the perfect pairing for your new electric vehicle is a solar power system from Run on Sun®. We are so convinced that electric vehicles powered by solar energy are the way to go that all future fleet purchases for Run on Sun will either be pure electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Crude oil - most of it brought to the United States from the politically volatile Middle East - is a non-renewable resource. Many observers believe that worldwide oil production will soon begin to decline, if it hasn't already. The path to energy independence, and the substantial savings that would go with it, lies not in more oil production, but in tapping into renewable energy sources, like solar power, to fuel our vehicles.
Sizing a Solar Power System for Electric Cars Like the Nissan Leaf
All electric vehicles have a large battery pack that is recharged by plugging into the grid. But the energy charging that car can come from the Sun, making your personal transportation entirely emissions free. Plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt have smaller battery packs than do pure electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf EV. Click on a thumbnail image below to see details about the current crop of electric cars and the solar PV system size that would be needed to fully charge that vehicle in an average day.
Incentives for Purchasing Electric Cars
In addition to the rebates and tax incentives available for purchasing a solar power system, economic incentives are also available for electric cars both from the federal government and the State of California. For example, there is a federal tax credit worth up to $7,500 on the purchase of an electric vehicle and as much as another $2,000 toward the cost of recharging equipment for individuals, up to $50,000 for fleet operators. California provides a rebate up to $5,000 and other incentives, including the ability to drive in HOV (carpool) lanes regardless of vehicle occupancy.
When you fuel your electric vehicle with solar energy, you capture multiple economic incentives, dramatically reduce your carbon footprint, and create added economic benefits from no longer paying $3.50 and more per gallon of gas.
Run on Sun can configure a system that will meet the needs of your entire home or business - including powering all of your electric vehicles. Call us today to get started!