Yeah, I know, SolarChargedDriving.Com has been a bit Chevy Volt-centric lately, with half of our last six blog entries or stories having been devoted to the Volt.
But hey, what can I say? The Volt is a cool car – one I wish we had right now, actually. And it’s even cooler when it’s partially powered by home solar and/or wind power.
Which leads me to the focus of this entry. I recently discovered that Voltstats.Net, a web site Volt drivers can surf to in order to record, and compare, mileage, EV driving, and other stats, has a special page devoted to solar-charged Volts.
A renewable energy corner Yes, that’s right, EV + PV has got it’s very own Voltstats.Net corner (actually, it’s not just PV + EV, but wind + EV, too).
Right now, 36 Volt owners are posting stats to the page devoted to “Volts that are partially or fully powered at home by solar panels or windmills.” The group allows both members with “home-based generation as well as those who elect to pay for either solar or wind generation from their utility.”
According to Voltstats.Net, as of Aug. 14, 2012, these 36 owners have collectively driven about 286,000 miles, of which about 217,000 miles have been electric miles, or about 76 percent of total miles driven. They’re averaging about 152 mpg too.
“Ed’s Solar Volt”, out of California, leads the pack with the highest number of EV miles powered by renewables, at nearly 19,000 miles. According to the stats on this Voltstats.Net page, 95 percent of Ed’s miles have been EV miles, and, we’re guessing given his nickname, those have been PV + EV, not wind + EV miles.
‘Rocky Volt’ “Rocky Volt”, out of Virginia, has the highest percentage of EV+ renewable energy miles at 100 percent so far. He’s getting almost 3,000 mpg, though that number is a bit misleading. For one, because he hasn’t burned a gallon of gas, but also because figuring out the whole mpg and so-called MPGe (the measure of the average distance traveled per unit of energy consumed) is head-spinningly complex, at least for mathematically challenged folks such as myself 😉
No matter how complicated the math, or how complicated the whole solar-charged driving equation is, and, when you start talking about EVs + solar-offset + grid mix, etc., it truly is complicated – something about which we’ve written on numerous occasions – it’s just plain great to see so many people plugging into the power of the sun, giving the boot to Big and Foreign Oil, and filling up their car with locally produced clean, green sun and wind energy.