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A Tesla Model X with a Colorado solar vanity plate. [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich]

Up to 40 percent of EV owners have home solar

editor's blog iconThe amazing synergy between solar energy and electric cars hasn’t escaped the attention of a size-able number of electric car owners. In fact, according to a Cleantechnica.Com survey, in some places in North America and Europe, up to 40 percent of EV drivers also have solar panels on their roof.

leaf-sol-pwrd2As Cleantechnica.Com puts it, “Yet again, in our 2017 EV driver report, a very large portion of our respondents had home solar panels, which means that they are essentially ‘fueling’ their electric cars with sunshine.

“Across the six groups surveyed, 28 to 40 percent of respondents said they had home solar panels. This is considerably more than the approximately one percent of homes in the surveyed regions that have solar panels.”

That’s great news — and something we at SolarChargedDriving.Com predicted would happen when we launched SolarChargedDriving.Com all the way back in 2009. Equally big is the fact that larger groups/entities than us — in this case, Cleantechnica.Com are bothering to survey EV owners about whether they have home solar or not. The very fact that EV owners are being surveyed about EV + PV shows that recognition of this synergy is growing.

The single best part about fueling your electric car with home solar-generated electricity, either directly, or through so-called solar-offset?

It’s easily the fueling independence it delivers. No more Big Oil, no more OPEC, no more singular reliance on Big Utility, just you, your home’s roof, solar panels — and your electric car.