Running his LEAF on sun The article focuses both on EVs, and on EV + PV. It zooms in on the story of Paul Lucas of Solar Engineering Hawai‘i who runs a Nissan LEAF on home solar.
“It goes about 100 miles on a charge and unless you’re going from one end of the island and back, that’s enough for the average driver,” says Lucas, who notes that most people will need about six solar panels to produce enough electricity for one EV. “When I come home, I just plug in and the sun is charging it.”
In highlighting Lucas’ calculations, this news story does a nice job of examining the comparative economic merits of running a car on gasoline as opposed to charging up an EV with home solar generated electricity.
Lucas’ conclusion: EV + PV will save you $20,000 over 100,000 miles as compared to a gasoline car that gets 20 mpg and at a price of $4.60 per gallon.
“My LEAF is a great little car. It’s so good, even my sons like driving it,” Lucas tells The Garden Island. “[And] on days when I know I’ll be doing a lot of driving, I still have my pickup.”