Electric Car Event Kicks off a Transportation Revolution
Solar Power | August 21, 2012 | Posted by Fred Greenhalgh
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We have talked about electric cars a lot here, and our excitement for the coming wave of carbon-free transportation only continues to grow. On July 26th, we officially unveiled our EV charging station to the public, and attracted what must have been the largest gathering of electric cars in Maine outside a dealership! A trio of Chevy Volts was there – our own, that of our sister company ReVision Heat, and a fleet vehicle from Central Maine Power.
Close to 100 people came and went through the course of the evening, enjoying tunes from our own Josh Rollson, victuals from Katie Made bakery, and of course, the star of the show: the electric cars.
Special kudos go to Fred Garbo, who brought his fully EV Nissan LEAF to the event, and allowed several interested people to take it for a spin around the block. One of the most common questions asked, “Is it like a regular car?” is answered with “Yes! It’s just like a regular car… only without oil changes, gasoline, or transmission fluid.”
We recently ran the numbers, and 9 solar panels will provide enough electricity throughout the year to power about 12,000 miles of driving on an electric car. If you swap out a 20mpg vehicle to an electric car, your fuel savings alone will pay for the solar panels in around 2 years. Assuming you keep driving some sort of electric car for the next 20 years, this is like buying gas at $1.6/gallon!
Transportation accounts for a dizzying 27% of all energy consumed in the U.S., and is responsible for 50% of the carbon emissions generated in our region. As electric cars become more widely available, we finally have the opportunity to cut our dangerous dependence on fossil fuels and the associated geopolitical, environmental, and economic toll they take on our society.
Want to learn more? Check out our newly built section on our website about EV cars and car charging: we have sections on operating costs for EV cars, answers to common questions, and analysis of the economics (which will only get better as electric cars develop).
Thanks to everyone who came out to help us kick off this transportation revolution!