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Ford Focus Electric Gets Greener With Solar Charging

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On: Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 4:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford Focus Electric Gets Greener With Solar Charging

Despite the fact that studies—like this one from the Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Data Center—have shown that the overall emissions of electric vehicles are less than gas-powered vehicles, the sentiment about electric vehicles not being clean because they rely on dirty, dirty electricity still prevails. Well, Ford is attacking that sentiment head-on with a new solar-charging option for the 2012 Focus Electric.

The Focus Electric, which will be giving the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt some competition when it starts hitting dealers in select markets later this year, has gotten a little greener. Ford announced recently that it will offer a solar-charging option with the compact. The 2.5 kW solar option, offered in conjunction with SunPower, hooks up to your home via a solar roof panel and provides enough juice for about 1,000 miles worth of Focus Electric driving per month. It will provide up to 3,000 kWh per year.

So, if you choose this option and average less than 1,000 miles per month, you won't be taking a drop of juice from the power grid. And then you can officially tell all those EV naysayers to shove it—shove it good.

Of course, the solar charger isn't exactly an inexpensive option. Word is it will cost around $10,000 after federal tax incentives. And potential home modification costs that might be needed to install the solar panel and wiring aren't covered under the buy-in price. Ford says that financing options will be available through SunPower, however.

The 2012 Focus Electric offers up to 100 miles of driving per charge from its 23 kWh, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack and 123-hp electric motor. It will hit select markets in late-2011, and the solar option will be available at that time. A broader, nationwide roll-out will happen next year.

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NEWZPHLASH | 8:19AM (Tue, Aug 30, 2011)

Now we're talking....solar energy!! Makes more sense since the electic cars run off of a gas powered generator :/ I'm gonna bet they don't do well in Alaska..at least for 6 months.

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