Me standing in front of my 2020 Chevy Bolt with one of the Mission Solar panels that will soon be fueling it ๐Ÿ™‚ [Photo by Chris McGuire]

editor's blog logoSo, a new 20 kW solar system with two separate arrays on two separate roof areas, including a set of garages, is going up in our Highline Crossing Cohousing Community here in Littleton, Colo. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am SUPER excited! After five years of not really Driving on Sunshine — I have paid extra for Xcel Energy Windsource electricity across that time — I am finally going to be plugging into the power of the sun again.

This time, I will be doing so with my beautiful blue all-electric Chevy Bolt which boasts 259 miles of range and a 0-60 mph time of a not-too-shabby 6.3 seconds. Yes, she’s peppy and quick!

This morning, before more solar panels went up on the roof of our garages here, I took the chance to get my blue Bolt into pics directly with one of the solar panels that will be powering my Bolt here in Littleton — check out the pics!

It is just SO COOL that 100% green, clean, locally produced electricity can power a full-sized car that weights several thousand pounds and do so cheaply, efficiently, and without producing ANY air pollution whatsoever! Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Back in 2009, I thought the fact that one can drive a car without spewing filthy toxins into the air — and into our lungs — and do so without polluting the air AT ALL was just plain bowl-me-over amazing. I first started SolarChargedDriving.Com in September of 2009. I thought Driving on Sunshine was COOL when I added solar to our Aurora, Colo. home in June 2010, and I thought it was great when I leased a 2014 Nissan LEAF and plugged it into sunshine in February 2014.

I still do think Driving on Sunshine is AMAZING. And I know across the past decade since I started SolarChargedDriving.Com that thousands of other Americans have also found this amazing and have plugged their own electric car into a home solar “gas station.”

My 2017 Chevy Bolt parked nose-to-nose with my 2014 Nissan LEAF shortly before I turned my LEAF back in in Fall 2017 after leasing it for 3+ years.

BUT, I would be lying if I did not say that I am also VERY disappointed that more people do not find this cool. I, mean, you/we can run cars, GIANT cars, air pollution free and thereby save our lungs, the environment and the natural world, not to mention a lot of money. C’mon! That is F——- AMAZING!

And STILL, so few people seem to be excited by solar-charged driving. I do NOT understand why not. I simply do not.

What’s so great about breathing in toxic fumes that are taking years off of everyone’s lives?! And I cannot quite fathom why so few people seem to care about about the HEAVILY polluted air that 90% of humanity regularly breathes.


WTF is wrong with so many people that so many of us don’t give a rat’s ass about air pollution and its HUGELY damaging effects on human and environmental health?! Seriously?! What. Is. Up. With . . . That?

So. Damn. Frustrating! ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”

But, for now, I am VERY happy to be individually on the cusp of plugging directly back into solar-charged driving. It is truly amazing to run a car on 100% sunshine, truly is…and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

My 2014 Nissan LEAF parked in front of the 5.5 kW rooftop solar system that powered it for a couple of years in Aurora, Colo.

3 Responses

    • Christof Demont-Heinrich

      Good point! Great option for a cheap second car. I would not recommend a used first generation LEAF as an only car, however. My 2014 divorce forced me into a position where my leased 2014 LEAF was my only car for 2+ years. That was sometimes dicey and I ran out charge twice in in, both times in cold winter weather and both times with my two daughters in the car. Luckily, the first time I was only 400 meters from my home!

      https://solarchargeddriving.com/2015/01/19/a-nissan-leaf-runs-completely-out-of-charge/

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      • kevintdickson

        Agreed. I just bought a mint condition low mileage 2011 Leaf for $4200, but I regret it because the range has degraded down to 50 miles. Just fine for neighborhood errands, but I can’t hardly go across Denver to Lakewood and back.
        I was hoping to add a “solar range extender” to it, but I haven’t any success with off the shelf parts yet.

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