Here are some of the highlights of Cobb’s story on Maui’s solar-charged Volt driver:
Even as gas prices yo-yo, King sits back and stays relaxed, thanks to his solar-charged driving set-up: “Gas prices are only going up. Gas here is around $5 a gallon, and I drive by just laughing, you know?”
For King, the solar-charged savings are rolling up fast: “I was previously spending at least $2,500 a year on gasoline so that means in two years the solar panels have paid for themselves, compared to what I previously spent on gas. You know – in terms of the cost of the solar panels to power it. That means in two years my driving is not only pollution free, it’s free.”
King says his solar power system includes 24 deep-cycle batteries for storage, and a diesel generator backup – which he rarely if ever uses, and he looks forward to when the Volt can be used in a smart grid application as his backup.
King’s getting outrageously high gas mileage – thanks to the fact that he almost always runs his Volt on sun electricity: He estimates he’s only used about four gallons of gas and has effectively driven the Volt at 2,000 miles per gallon – with his electricity soon to be paid off as well.
Finally, King’s got a custom Hawaii license plate for his Volt that reads, “Solar” 🙂