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Ford is introducing solar power charging system at home for Ford Focus Electric owners. Ford is trying to combine EV charging with solar energy, and make it possible for owners who wish to have it installed in their homes.
Ford will offer a 2.5-kilowatt rooftop solar system to customers who buy the upcoming Ford Focus Electric or the upcoming C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. The rooftop solar system is able to create about 3,000 kWh of electricity a year, which translates to about 1,000 driving miles a month.
Through a partnership with SunPower, Ford will be offering this rooftop solar system for around $10,000 (after federal tax credits), ouch!
“Under the ‘Drive Green for Life’ program, Focus Electric owners can reduce their total cost of ownership by generating enough energy from their high efficiency SunPower rooftop solar system to offset the electricity required to charge the vehicle at night,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford director of Global Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure. “It’s an eco-friendly solution that perfectly complements our plug-in products and other green initiatives.”
SunPower dealer will begin the installation process right away to those who are interested in the solar rooftop system. Of course, customers need to beware of other extra costs such as modifications to the roof, electrical service panel or excessive wire requirements in their homes.