Tired of paying for gas? With these prices who isn't? Ford may have a solution. The company has teamed up with SunPower Corp. to offer a home rooftop solar system to their customers with electric or hybrid cars, that will provide enough clean, renewable energy to offset the electricity used to charge the vehicle.
The 2.5-kW rooftop system uses the sun's energy to collect power to charge the vehical, instead of plugging it in at night. It's comprised of SunPower E18 Series solar panels that produce an average of 3,000 kWh of electricity annually. The companies say these high-efficiency solar panels generate about 50% more electricity than conventional panels. The system was sized to accommodate a customer who drives about 1,000 miles per month.
However, these green systems will cost a lot of green themselves: $10,000, after federal tax credits. Though the companies say local and state rebates, along with other incentives, may drive the system cost down even more, depending on a customer's location (let's hope).
The system is compatible with the Focus Electric and also the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle Ford is rolling out in 2012.