Electric Car Charging
An electric car charging station is available and additional solar panels or wind energy can be installed on your OHome or OClass to provide free electricity for any electric or hybrid plug-in vehicle(s). Can you imagine driving your car for the first time without any feelings of guilt or pressure because your car is not only a zero-emission producing electric car, but you aren’t using any fossil fuels to power your car, just the sunlight and the solar electric or wind energy technologies at your own home or school.
An environmental defense study states that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from personal vehicles in the United States equaled 314 million metric tons in 2004. An average car in the United States puts out 10,878 pounds of CO2 per year. An average American produces about 35,000 pounds of CO2 per year for their energy needs. How can solar or wind affect this? If people were to replace their cars with high mileage plug-in hybrids or electric cars that could go 60 miles or more on a battery charge, it would reduce fuel consumption by 2/3 (minimum) or 100% (if the vehicle is all electric and plugs into a solar electric or wind source). Since the average United States car only gets 21 miles per gallon and hybrids get more like 35 to 45 miles per gallon minimum, using a solar or wind charged hybrid or electric vehicle plug in will save nearly 8,600 pounds of CO2 production per year per vehicle.
Health and / or Social Benefits
Adding an electric car charging station, combined with a wind or solar electric source, reduces the United State’s reliance on imported petroleum. The United States imports more than 60% of its petroleum, two-thirds of which is used in the transportation sector. Light-duty vehicles (typical passenger vehicles) consume 76% of the energy used by the on-road transportation sector. Reliance on indigenous resources also reduces the balance of payments that threatens our national economic security.
If you install solar or wind electrical sources to supply your electricity for your vehicle, then the cost of driving your all-electric vehicle around would be free (except for whatever the cost of the solar PV or wind was upon installation). When operating on gasoline, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle can be expected to cost $0.05 to $0.07 per mile compared to conventional vehicles, which cost $0.10 to $0.15 per mile to operate.
If you do not install any solar or wind electrical energy sources for your vehicles, then the cost to operate an electric vehicle is still less expensive to operate than gasoline and diesel vehicles. Because electric vehicles operate using only electricity, a typical electric vehicle costs $0.02 to $0.04 per mile for fuel (based on average U.S. electricity price).
When operating on non-alternative energy electricity, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle can be expected to cost $0.02 to $0.04 per mile (based on average electricity prices). When operating on gasoline, the same vehicle will cost $0.05 to $0.07 per mile compared to conventional vehicles, which cost $0.10 to $0.15 per mile to operate.
Benefits and Considerations of Electricity as a Vehicle Fuel
U.S. Department of Energy Website