In the last few years electric vehicles (EV’s) have taken strides in becoming more reliable sources of transportation. Studies say that by 2025, 1 in every 6 cars sold will be electric. Locally, the Denver Post notes that “Colorado could have nearly 1 million electric vehicles on the road come 2030”. This makes sense considering EV’s can be a cleaner alternative to traditional gas consuming cars and require far less maintenance, reducing the lifetime cost of ownership. One factor to consider when thinking about purchasing an electric car, is how will you charge it? Sure, you can just plug it in and pull energy from the grid, but will the spike in your monthly energy bill be worth the savings in gas? What about the environmental factors? A huge appeal of electric cars is their eco-friendliness, however, if the vehicle is being charged with energy from the grid, in all likelihood it is really being powered by greenhouse gases.
For electric car owners, adding a solar PV array is beneficial both economically and environmentally.
Lets take a look at the annual cost of owning a standard economy car and an electric car, in this case a Nissan Leaf.
Wes Hounshell of Express Car Care in Denver, CO explains that the average 4 door economy sedan costs just over $4,000 a year to maintain. This includes factors like oil changes, engine repair, and other costs associated with a gas powered cars that do not apply to electric vehicles.
A recent study out of the University of Michigan confirms that electric vehicles, “cost less than half as much to drive