In ten short years, hybrids and full electric vehicles (EVs) have gone from quirky granola mobiles to mainstream commuter transportation. Almost every major automobile manufacturer offers some kind of electric vehicle, and sales are increasing steadily. But are EVs a government-subsidized fad, or the future of economically sound road transportation? And does rooftop solar make sense as the energy source for your car?
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On this week's Energy Show on Renewable Energy World we explore these issues with our special guest, Pete Levy, founder of IntelliChoice, the automobile ownership cost experts. When Pete bought an EV, he asked me some simple questions about solar and EVs. After we crunched the numbers it became very apparent that some EVs are quite a bit more cost effective than gas cars, with the economics becoming even more compelling as gas prices rise and solar electricity becomes cheaper. So tune in to this week's show and find out if an EV is in your near-term future.
About The Energy Show
As energy costs consume more and more of our hard-earned dollars, we as consumers really start to pay attention. But we don't have to resign ourselves to $5/gallon gas prices, $200/month electric bills and $500 heating bills. There are literally hundreds of products, tricks and techniques that we can use to dramatically reduce these costs — very affordably.
The Energy Show on Renewable Energy World is a weekly 20-minute podcast that provides tips and advice to reduce your home and business energy consumption. Every week we'll cover topics that will help cut your energy bill, explain new products and technologies in plain English, and cut through the hype so that you can make smart and cost-effective energy choices.
About Your Host
Barry Cinnamon is a long-time advocate of renewable energy and is a widely recognized solar power expert. In 2001 he founded Akeena Solar — which grew to become the largest national residential solar installer by the middle of the last decade with over 10,000 rooftop customers coast to coast. He partnered with Westinghouse to create Westinghouse Solar in 2010, and sold the company in 2012.
His pioneering work on reducing costs of rooftop solar power systems include Andalay, the first solar panel with integrated racking, grounding and wiring; the first UL listed AC solar panel; and the first fully “plug and play” AC solar panel. His current efforts are focused on reducing the soft costs for solar power systems, which cause system prices in the U.S. to be double those of Germany.
Although Barry may be known for his outspoken work in the solar industry, he has hands-on experience with a wide range of energy saving technologies. He's been doing residential energy audits since the punch card days, developed one of the first ground-source heat pumps in the early ‘80s, and always abides by the Laws of Thermodynamics.
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