12 Aug '11, 9am

Ford Announces Plan To Sell Rooftop Solar Panels With Electric Vehicles

Unlike most residential solar offerings – whereby consumers determine the energy use of their home and secure a solar array to either offset a portion, or fully meet their electricity use – Ford’s system is designed specifically to offset the electricity use of the car itself. As a result, the solar installation will be smaller than would be typical for an average home. The 2.5 kilowatt set-up will produce 3,000 kWh of electricity per year, which is sized to allow Ford’s EV customers to drive about 1,000 miles per month and fully offset the energy used . Ford states the SunPower panels are high efficiency items capable of producing up to 50% more electricity than conventional panels, while occupying a smaller footprint.

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/08/ford-announces-plan-s...

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