Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica
Nissan Leaf Charging Station (Video) Update!
Nissan Leaf Charging Station (Video) Update!

Cars

Solar Powered Nissan Leaf — Video Update!

CleanTechnica and EVObsession appreciate the innovative, including early EV adopters. Although we support the wonders of icons such as Elon Musk and his oh so Zen Teslas, we also value every other EV. Being an old organic farmer raised in innovative cultures of do-it-yourself lifestyles, I certainly value action-oriented individuals such as Sam Elliot. Sam is one of the doers not afraid of smaller range EVs to live the zero-emissions way of life. His innovative work helping him to use a smaller-range EV without that any range anxiety is one to be validated and cheered.

Nissan Leaf Charging Station (Video) Update!

CleanTechnica and EVObsession appreciate the innovative, including early EV adopters. Although we support the wonders of icons such as Elon Musk and his oh so Zen Teslas, we also value every other EV. Being an old organic farmer raised in innovative cultures of do-it-yourself lifestyles, I certainly value action-oriented individuals such as Sam Elliot. Sam is one of the doers not afraid of smaller range EVs to live the zero-emissions way of life. His innovative work helping him to use a smaller-range EV without that any range anxiety is one to be validated and cheered.

Jennifer Sensiba wrote our original article on this inspired doer: “DIY Solar LEAF Project Shows The Untapped Potential Of Solar EVs.”

“Sam Elliott, a resident of sunny Texas, ignored the naysayers and decided to see what he could accomplish. He bought a $3,000 2011 Nissan LEAF, and as you’d expect for that price, the battery was already heavily degraded. He then spent another $2,400 on solar panels, batteries, a charge controller, an inverter, and various mounting bits.”

EVObsession received a follow-up message from Sam and his wife, who explain:

Good morning! My husband and the creator, Sam Elliott, wrote this for you last night:

Hey EV Obsession,

Thanks for your interest in our project! I’ve been developing this idea over the last 2 years as the resale prices on early EVs has been falling into the 2–5 thousand dollar price range. Because the perception is these vehicles are useless, they have (what I consider) an artificially deflated market value.

The question I had was, can we take a very cheap, heavily degraded old EV, add a small solar powered on-board charging station, and add enough range to make it functional (if only as a commuter vehicle)? Could people recoup their investment in the EV, in savings on gasoline, in the brief life the EV has left?

I think there is a chance people could save enough on gas to pay for this project. I also think at the end of this project the battery (even with only 4 or 5 kWh of capacity remaining) can be removed from the vehicle and sold for $1k+, the small solar system could also be sold for $1k+ or transferred onto the next old EV.

I hope this project and my YouTube channel will show that you can save significant money by taking advantage of these deflated used EV prices, give people a low-budget EV option, and teach people a little about renewable energy while I’m at it. I discuss prices, part longevity, mileage, and all other data, in the interest of encouraging transparency and conversation.

 

Sam explains further, CleanTechnica did an article on it a few months ago, but then it was the first functioning prototype, and now it is our everyday commuter car!”

Related story on a smaller range EVs:

BMW i3 Is A Perfect Out-Of-Town EV, Smoothly Flowing Through Mountain Roads — BMW i3 vs. The Mountain (Video)

2015 BMW i3 REx Goes Long Distance To Find The Heart Of America — Florida To The Appalachians, Day 1

 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 

Advertisement
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. (Several unrelated publications) She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education, mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)

Comments

You May Also Like

Cars

After my first test drive of a Nissan Leaf in 2014, I became a believer. The car had me at hello! Total silence at...

Cars

Originally posted on EVANNEX. By Charles Morris If you can’t beat ‘em on your own, maybe you can join up with someone else to beat ‘em....

Cars

The Dutch plugin vehicle (PEV) market continues in the fast lane, with 6,637 plugin registrations logged last month. That meant that last month’s PEV...

Cars

The UK  auto market, Europe’s third largest, saw plugin electric vehicle share of 18.3% in August 2021, up 1.9x from 9.76% in August 2020....

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.