So, today was day two in our 1,200-mile journey from Denver to Santa Barbara in an all-electric Chevy Bolt. [Read about day one, Littleton, Colo. to Green River, Utah] Today proved that, yes, you can make it with an electric car on a long-distance road trip even when things go wrong/don't work out as planned -- but, honestly, the average person is not likely going to want to go through the kinds of things I, and my two daughters did, today on our long-distance leg of 400 miles from Green River, Utah to Las Vegas.
Yes, you can fuel your car for free -- if you invest in home solar and an electric car! How? You pay upfront for your solar 'gas station', allow it to reach so-called 'solar payback' the point in time at which the money you spent on the solar system = the amount you would have paid to a utility for your electricity, a point typically reached after five to 10 years in the United States, then you've got free gas for the lifetime of your solar gas pump which = 10, 15, even 20 years.
A lot of people who don't know much, if anything, about electric cars and/or "hate" electric cars (read: some ICE-heads) think they are/claim they are 'too expensive.'
Ed Knapton, who lives in Texas and has both a Chevy Bolt and a Chevy Volt, just posted a few pictures to the Facebook Volt Owners Group. He's just added a new vanity license plate to his impressive solar PV + EV setup, "SOLR EV".
I've written before about how an 84-mile EV -- a 2014 Nissan LEAF for which I started a three-year lease and then saw my now ex-wife move out six months into the lease -- severely limited me and my driving possibilities here in the Denver area (although it was good enough for virtually all of my Boulder-Denver-Aurora driving).
I took the Regional Transportation District (RTD) light rail from Littleton to the Colorado Rockies game last night (the Rockies got plastered by the L.A. Dodgers, 12-4, BTW). I parked at the Mineral RTD parking lot, which is the very end/beginning of the so-called "D" and "C" lines here in the Denver area. And, what do you know? The spot I found was right next to a brand new Tesla Model 3!