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

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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?

Political reasons to solar-charge

blurred car with words: solar-charge your next carFor far too long, far too many people have claimed renewable energy is “impractical,” “too costly,” and that it simply “can’t” be done.

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Energy reasons to solar-charge

solar-powered planeEven the loudest, most obnoxious proponents of fossil fuels as the answer to powering modern industrial society are forced to concede one thing:

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Independence reasons to solar-charge

gas station with R.I.P. superimposed on itAn EV frees you from trips to the gas station. You will never again share gas fumes with others at a self-serve gas station near you.

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Environmental reasons to solar-charge

solar-resources-flowers-pic1There’s no disputing that running an EV or PHEV fully, or partially on the sun, is far more environmentally friendly than using gasoline.

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Why solar charge: An introduction

traffic stopped a busy intersectionAssuming you have an EV and/or PHEV, there are countless reasons to solar-charge your car(s).

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Independence reasons to solar-charge an EV

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gas station with R.I.P. superimposed on itAn EV frees you from trips to the gas station. You will never again share gas fumes with others at a self-serve gas station near you.

Let’s repeat that, because it is a very radical concept – one that surely has Big Oil quaking in its boots, or at least those Big Oil companies who haven’t had sufficient foresight to diversify their energy discovery and production approach and move, big time, into renewables: With an EV, you will never, ever visit a gas station again. Never.

If you have a PHEV – which mixes the technology of electric driving with hybrid driving -- depending on how much you drive it, and how you drive it, you may go months, yes, that’s right, months between those tedious trips to your local self-serve.

If you partially, or, better yet, fully charge your EV with electricity generated by solar panels on your home, you will be getting as close as you possibly can to complete car-fueling independence.

No more Big Oil companies or gas station managers between you and where you’re driving.

Just the sun and the solar panels on your home.

Still partially on the grid
To be fair, and accurate, unless you have a home battery pack and are literally off the electrical grid, you and your EV and/or PHEV will still be somewhat dependent on Big Coal.

You won’t always be plugging your EV in when there’s a lot of sun, and you might be plugging it in at night, when there’s none.

In that case, some of the electricity juicing your car – maybe even most of it -- will come from fossil fuels. Of course, as more and more Americans go solar, more and more of the electricity you draw off the grid will be clean, sun-powered electricity.

Gas stations of America, Rest In Peace!

But the reality that even solar-charged drivers are still partially tied to the coal-powered grid doesn’t steal the independence thunder solar-charged driving can deliver.

If, over the course of the year, the solar panels on your home produce 100-percent (or more!) of your total home electric and electric driving use, you can say that you generated enough total solar energy by yourself, on your very own rooftop, to cover, even if sometimes indirectly, 100-percent of the miles you drive in your EV, and, depending on how you drive your PHEV, pretty close to 100-percent of the miles you drive in your PHEV.

It’s difficult to imagine something more satisfying than being able to say that you are powering your car by yourself – except perhaps the satisfaction of driving by your local gas station and, in your head, imagining a big “RIP” superimposed onto the logo of Big Oil company A, B, or C.

Gas stations of America, Rest In Peace!

Solar-charging boosts national energy independence
On a broader level, solar-charging your car contributes to national energy independence.

The more of us who power our EVs and/or PHEVs partially or fully by solar on our home rooftops, the less oil we have to import from strife torn regions such as the Middle East.

Not to mention, the more of us who solar-charge our cars – and who mostly, or completely leave gasoline, and gas stations behind, the less pressure there is to “drill, baby, drill” in pristine wilderness areas such as the Artic National Wildlife Refuge.

In contrast to drilling more here at home – for an energy resource that it’s important to point out will run dry no matter what – a solar-charged driving road to energy independence creates national energy independence on the foundation of a limitless form of energy, the sun. And it does so without destroying the incredible beauty of America.

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