Flashing a solar-charged EV grin on Long Island

Joe, from Long Island, with the Corvette he traded in for a Mitsubishi iMiEV. He fuels his new iMiEV with electricity generated by the 5.6 kW home solar system pictured at the top.

SolarChargedDriving.Com frequently gets e-mail, pictures, videos, etc. from people around the U.S., and around the world, who’ve plugged into EV + PV.

Below is a great e-mail from Joe in Long Island, New York. Joe’s been flashing the solar-charged EV grin a lot lately thanks to a Mitsubishi iMiEV and a 5.6 kW home solar system.

Thank you for sharing your solar-charged driving story with us, Joe!

Here is Joe’s story –>

“In 2000, we decided to install a 5.6 kW solar PV system and never regretted it. Even at that time I knew an EV would be in our future. In 2001 we purchased a “Classic Prius” one of the first in our area but no plug.

I’ve thought about converting an ICE to EV and even looked at some that were converted but just didn’t feel the technology was there. In 2005, we purchased a second generation Prius, but still no plug. I thought about upgrading it to a PHEV but I was holding out for a pure EV.

In 2012 we purchased a Mitsubishi iMiEV knowing it would be a perfect fit with our PV system and lifestyle.  The PV + EV grin is so overwhelming, I’m sure it will never end. Each time we use the iMiEV, knowing it is being fueled by the sun, it gives us an “oh so good feeling”.

Even the naysayers telling us that PV will never catch on and that the Prius was a waste of money back in 2001 are now re-thinking their past thoughts. Now here is the real clincher: We went from “Mean to Green”.  We owned a 1984 Corvette since new and put 13,000 miles on it.

And guess what? We traded it in on the iMiEV! My how people change.”

–Joe, Long Island, New York

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