19 Sep '11, 11am

Electric cars cut solar payback times in half, says British Gas:

Electric car drivers could slash the payback time of installing solar panels to under five years, according to British Gas figures released last week. The Centrica-owned utility has based its analysis on a 2.52kWp system installed at the home of actor and TV presenter Robert Llewellyn, who uses the panels to charge his Nissan LEAF. FURTHER READING Exclusive: Transport minister backs solar powered EV chargers British Gas branches out to support Leaf re-charging Since installing the £11,500 system three months ago, Llewellyn's panels have generated enough energy to power 2,290 miles of the 2,680 miles he has driven during that time – around 85 per cent. British Gas calculates that it costs £150 to drive 1,000 miles in a petrol car and £37.10 in an electric car, but using Llewellyn's figures for a solar-powered electric car, the same distance costs just £5.38. If the average ...

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