Using Solar Panels To Increase Electric Vehicle Range Per Pound


Television comedian Robert Llewellyn is a fan of electric automobiles. He owns the new Nissan LEAF electric car and is showing the rest of us how to reduce car ownership costs while achieving zero carbon emissions. It seems this actor is not all fun and games, as his character Kryten on the British comedy series Red Dwarf would lead us to believe.

Mr. Llewellyn had solar panels installed at his home three months ago by British Gas. Since then, he has driven his electric car an impressive 1,000 miles for just slightly more than five pounds. For the past three months, he charged his LEAF with only solar panels 85 percent of the time. Even the cloudy weather in Britain did not hamper his efforts.

Since the solar panels have been installed, Mr. Llewellyn has covered close to 2,700 miles in his LEAF. Had he owned a fuel-driven vehicle, his motoring costs would have been close to three times what he spent on solar recharges. On average, it costs £150 to travel 1,000 miles in a fuel-driven car. Charging an electric car from mains electricity costs just £37.10, in comparison.

An even more impressive difference is the fact that it costs only £5.38 to use solar energy to recharge an electric vehicle. After reviewing these figures, many car buyers may begin looking for inexpensive car loans and bank financing for solar panel installation on their home. Electric cars are the future of vehicle technology, from both cost and environmental savings perspectives.

Even consumers with a low credit score can find car loans for electric cars. Bad credit car finance is usually more expensive than loans for good credit borrowers. However, that additional cost is bearable when drivers are saving so much on operating expenses by owning an electric car and installing home solar panels.