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Cars Ford and SunPower inaugurate program pairing EV Focus with rooftop solar system to keep it charged

Published on August 11th, 2011 | by Tom Schueneman

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SunPower, Ford Announce Key Partnership for Owners of New Focus EV

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August 11th, 2011 by  

Ford and SunPower inaugurate program pairing EV Focus with rooftop solar system to keep it charged

Getting EV’s off the grid

Ford Motor Company and SunPower announced yesterday a key partnership pairing rooftop solar systems with the purchase of the soon-to-be released Ford Focus EV.

Dubbed the “Drive Green for Life” program, Ford dealers will be able to combine the sale of a Focus EV with a discounted rooftop solar system to recharge the vehicle’s battery. The 2.5 kilowatt rooftop system is designed specifically for recharging the Focus, engineered to provide enough power for about 1000 miles of travel per month. After all federal tax credits are applied, the cost of the solar system should run about $10,000. In some locations however, state and local rebates could push the cost down significantly.

Owners opting in for the car charging system will also have the option to upgrade the system to power their homes as well. SunPower says such an upgrade would be at about the same price point as the car charging system.

Ford plans on releasing the EV Focus in the fourth quarter of this year with five other electric or hybrid-electric models coming out in 2012.

The arrangement is exclusive between SunPower and Ford for now, but charger systems will be standardized across carmakers and should work with all EV’s as the program expands.

Jeanine Cotter, CEO of Luminalt Solar Energy Solutions, likened the program to having the ability 30 years ago to freeze the cost of gas at $1.20 per gallon for 20 years.

“You’re locking in your energy costs for the next several decades,” she said. “If I could have done that 30 years ago, I would have.”

Both Ford and SunPower promote the arrangement as a means of lowering vehicle operating costs for owners. With the charging system under warranty for 25 years, says SunPower CEO Tom Werner, “Some Focus owners may never have to spend an additional dime on energy for their cars.”

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is an online publisher, editor, and freelance writer. He is the founder of GlobalWarmingisReal.com and the History Blog Project, as well as publisher and site director for the HippieMagazine.com. Tom also contributes to numerous environmental blogs, including TriplePundit, Ecopolitology, Sustainablog, and Planetsave.   Tom's work has led him to Europe, Africa, Latin America, Canada, the South Pacific, and across the United States. His home base is San Francisco, California.



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  • Electric38

    Why not install a 7.5KW system, so both the electric company and the oil company bills are eliminated or significantly reduced.
    All new housing and small businesses construction should automatically include solar.
    When will the other auto companies wise up to the method of manufacture of these vehicles? Using a solar assisted factory which utilizes a massive amount of robotics lowers the cost a great deal.
    Why aren’t the developers of solar ink stepping in to lower the cost of these solar units even further?
    The free energy of the sun will help consumers, the job market and the economy in general.
    One of the concerns will be corporate price gouging on the solar, the car, and the cost of the loan.

  • Anonymous

    It’s getting there. Damn the torpedoes!

  • Publicistas Marketeers

    Awesome to see Ford taking initiative to become more sustainable. With the way car companies are pushing to become greener, it’s great to see new ways to go about doing it. Innovations such as these will help us create a future dominated by renewable energy as opposed to natural gas.

    Lookmaan Ismail

  • tibi stibi

    “2.5 kilowatt rooftop”
    in the image its a 3000 kwh system….

    “After all federal tax credits are applied, the cost of the solar system should run about $10,000. In some locations however, state and local rebates could push the cost down significantly.”

    i find that quite expensive. i now systems in holland for 3000 Wp costs 6000 euro.
    that is with taxis included and no rebates. and in holland we don;t have that much sun :(

    http://www.zonnepanelen.nl/complete-systemen/zonnestroom-systeem-2960-wp.html

    • http://www.facebook.com/constantin.ungureanu Constantin Ungureanu

      its a 3000 kwh system per year … look again

      • tibi stibi

        you mean in the text it is a 2.5 kilo Wp rooftop system producing 3.000 kwh per year?

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