Eight 375 watt solar panels will produce enough electricity in Seattle to run an electric car about 10,000 miles per year.
This is quite revolutionary if you think about it; forget Prudhoe Bay, North Dakota, or the tar sands of Alberta, you don’t have to leave the country, the state, or even your house to meet all your energy needs for passenger cars. Who knew!
As you can see, there is an incredible amount of energy resource that is wasted by combustion, and that resource (gasoline) produces its own GHG emissions before it even gets to the car. The cost to the climate is high, at a total of between 23 – 28 pounds of CO2 per gallon burned, and most of the cost to the driver is wasted as heat.
How does the EV compare? To begin with, electric motors are 80-90% efficient, so the EV doesn’t require much input compared to the GAS car. This reduces the operating cost of the car by 63% in addition to lower maintenance costs, with fewer things to maintain (no oil changes, tune-ups, filter changes, exhaust systems, emissions controls, and on and on). Battery charging expends some energy, but the overall efficiency is four times that of the GAS car.
Let’s examine what happens to the $3.50 paid by the GAS car for a gallon of gasoline. According to our Department of Commerce, 75% of that, or $2.6t25 leaves the state. $0.875 stays here. The EV driver can buy power from their own solar power system, or can buy green power from their utility. In either case, the money stays here. The 43,000 plug-in vehicles in Washington (as of 2018) are keeping some $30,000,000 in the state every year and that number is growing.
So, there’s a great, big economic case to be made for electrifying as much fossil-fired transportation as possible. If just one tenth of all vehicles in Washington were electric it would keep $250 Million from fleeing the state, and it would bolster the market for clean power. This must certainly have the attention of the fossils, as they are not jumping into renewables yet. Shell is spending $3 Billion on projects, but that is a fraction of its annual capital spending of $25 Billion, so you know that they will try to postpone the inevitable. They know that once a person drives an EV, that person will also love plugging it in and will spread the word. Just as I am here.
Let us help you size and install a system for your EV needs; nothing is quite like the knowledge that your car is running on power that you collected from the sky. We have been experiencing this for ourselves since 2006 with several factory-built, highway capable electric vehicles. Each year more EV models are introduced to the U.S. market, making it possible for many folks to drive a solar powered car. Join the growing ranks of EV owners who are running on sun power!
Puget Sound Solar also has a division that provides customer-friendly sales, installation and service of electric vehicle charging equipment, EV Support. Our mission is to make it easy and cost-effective for EV owners to have charging stations installed at their homes, work places, vacation homes, and any other place where they will be plugging in on a regular basis.