Poll: Solar-charging
What is the most enticing reason to solar-charge a car?
 

solar-charge-motion-car1
Top 10 Reasons to Solar-Charge an EV!

10. You help drive solar – and EVs – forward!
9. No more trips to the gas station – ever!
8. Big long-term savings – and no more money to Big Oil!
7. “Drill, Baby, Drill!” crowd eats crow!
6. G-L-O-B-A-L W-A-R-M-I-N-G
5. Complete fuel independence!
4. Cleaner air – in your garage, in your neighborhood, in your city, everywhere!
3. A solar-charged EV is a true ZEV (zero emissions vehicle)!
2. The looks on neighbors’ faces when you tell them you power your car with sun…
1. Is there anything cooler than running your car off the sun?

evs & phevs

toyota prius imageElectric vehicles (EVs) have been around a long time -- though plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are, comparatively speaking, a much more recent phenomenon. The ability to charge an EV's battery with energy produced by solar panels has also been around a long time. What hasn't been around yet is easy, and mass, access to EVs. That's about to change. In this section we offer an explanation of EVs and PHEVs and provide you with the basic tools that you need to establish whether an EV/PHEV is for you. As we note on our "What we are & are not" page, we don't purport to be car experts. We're just trying to help solar-charged driving go mainstream, and providing basic overview of EVs/PHEVs as well as EV and PHEV models, along with pointing you to other resources on EVs/PHEVs -- none of which focus on solar-charging EVs/PHEVs -- is one way we hope to accomplish this.

An EV tax rebate simpler, more fair than tax credit

tax-credit-LEAFIn case you haven't heard, President Obama wants to change the $7,500 EV tax credit to a tax rebate.

We hope he succeeds. That’s because, as our overview below shows, an EV tax credit is not only unfair -- only those in higher income brackets can benefit fully from it -- it’s also way too complicated, so complicated, in fact, that it’s safe to say that many people will lose money because they won’t play the EV tax credit game correctly.

Meanwhile, an EV tax rebate would lop $7,500 off the cost of a new EV -- right on a dealer's lot.

Read more...

 

Should West Virginians skip an electric car?

cant-plug-in2 editors-blog-entry3Now that you know where your state stands in terms of how its electricity is produced thanks to our two-part series on the Best and Worst U.S. States to plug in a plug-in, what do you do if you don't live in one of the best states to plug in an electric car (yes, those of you in the American Northwest are sitting pretty on this issue!)? For example, maybe you live in a Dirty Coal dominated state like West Virginia, Wyoming or Kentucky and want to buy a plug-in.

Read more...

 

Ten worst U.S. states to plug in an electric car

ten-worst-plug-in-states1

A Nissan LEAF will run far cleaner in Idaho than in West Virginia thanks to vast differences in the electric grid mix in the two states.

In this installment of our overview of the best and worst states to plug in a plug-in, we list the Worst 10 States to live in the U.S. if you’re plugging a car into the grid.

Ten Worst States to Plug in an Electric Car

41. New Mexico
42. Missouri
43.Ohio
44. Utah
45. Hawaii
46. Kentucky
47. North Dakota
48. Wyoming
49. Indiana
50. West Virginia

What exactly will you be plugging into if you buy an EV or PHEV?

Plug-in advocates in the U.S. like to point out that coal burning accounts for a little more than 50 percent of the total electricity produced in the United States. And they correctly point out that much of the plugging in will happen at night when power plants – coal and natural gas alike – have excess capacity that's just waiting to be tapped.

But, as much as we at SolarChargedDriving.Com support plug-ins and the mission to convert America – and the world – from filthy gasoline-powered vehicles to EVs, and despite the fact that studies have repeatedly shown that plugging into a 100-percent coal-fired electric grid is generally better for the environment than driving a gas stinker around, we think it’s misleading to quote national numbers on the electric grid.

Read more...

 

Top 10 clean energy states to plug in an electric car

top-10-plug-in1

In the U.S., how clean your EV will actually be in terms of overall emissions depends in large part on where you live in the U.S. and what the electric grid mix is there. No matter where you live, you can potentially solar-charge your EV and run it clean, while activley changing the grid mix in your state!

What exactly will you be plugging into if you buy an EV or PHEV?

Top 10 Clean Energy States to Plug in an EV

1. Idaho
2. Washington
3. Oregon
4. Maine
5. California
6. South Dakota
7. Montana
8. Minnesota
9. New Hampshire
10. New York

Plug-in advocates in the U.S. like to point out that coal burning accounts for a little more than 50 percent of the total electricity produced in the United States. And they correctly point out that much of the plugging in will happen at night when power plants – coal and natural gas alike – have excess capacity that's just waiting to be tapped.

But, as much as we at SolarChargedDriving.Com support plug-ins and the mission to convert America – and the world – from filthy gasoline-powered vehicles to EVs, and despite the fact that studies have repeatedly shown that plugging into a 100-percent coal-fired electric grid is generally better for the environment than driving a gas stinker around, we think it’s misleading to quote national numbers on the electric grid.

Read more...

 

Overview: EVs on verge of re-making history

Thomas Edison next to a 1914 Detroit Electric Model 47. (Wikipedia.org photo)

On a basic level, today’s EVs (electric vehicles) and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) are nothing new. Battery powered vehicles resembling today’s modern automobiles have been around for more than one hundred years.

In fact, before the dominance of internal combustion engines, electric automobiles held many vehicle land speed and distance records in the early 1900s. EVs were produced by Baker Electric, Columbia Electric, Detroit Electric, and others and, at one point in history, outsold gasoline-powered vehicles.

Read more...

 
More Articles...
Google web search
Community login
Login for Sun Miles® community pages.



Run On Sun!

run-on-sun-145
Live in the LA area? Want to run your home -- and EV -- on sun?

Contact Run On Sun® today -- and tell them you were referred by us, SolarChargedDriving.Com!

Run On Sun® -->
questions@RunOnSun.com
(626) 793-6025