It’s a combination of self-satisfied smirkiness and happiness. The smirkiness comes from the “I told you so” and “I was right” part of me. When I discovered two and a half years ago that there were a small number of folks out there pioneering solar-charged driving, I knew then that it was absolutely going to take off.
Appeal of EV + PV How could it not? EV + PV has tremendous environmental appeal, great economic appeal, and, this is most important, the huge appeal of fueling independence, which is made all the more appealing by a stick-it-to-the-big-oil-guys angle.
Now, two and a half years after I started SolarChargedDriving.Com — still the only site on the web that I know of devoted exclusively to covering the solar + EV synergy — my instincts about solar-charged driving are being proven right, again, and again, and again.
No, solar-charged driving’s not huge yet — but it will be. And, believe me, it’s way bigger than it was two and a half years ago when there were absolutely no automaker + solar, or solar + EV charging station company partnerships, far less solar (at least in the U.S.), and essentially no production EVs.
Green fuel for an EV So, that’s the self-satisfied, smirkiness part of the smile I get when watching this SunPower + Nissan LEAF video — which, by the way does a great job of using the color green to convey the essential green-ness of solar-charged driving.
The happiness part of the smile is just sheer exuberance and delight at the fact that: a) you can power a full-sized car with solar energy instead of dirty oil or coal; b) the fact that big automakers such as Nissan and Ford and GM and Mitsubishi are really starting to get it; that is, they now understand that EV buyers, especially the early ones, want solar.