Driving on Wind & Sunshine

BMW EV solar

When you think of green technology, the first things that probably come to mind are solar panels, wind turbines, and efficient light bulbs. Nowadays, with electric cars growing in popularity and a good bit of research out there showing that electric cars are greener than gasoline-powered or diesel-powered cars, electric cars may also quickly come to mind for you. However, a lot of people still don’t connect the dots between electric cars and renewable energy.

It’s crazy to think about it, but you can now drive a car on the highway powered by the wind or rays of sunshine. Of course, wind turbines and solar panels “catch” wind energy and solar energy and then turn them into electricity. That electricity can then go straight into your car and propel it forward at speeds not possible by any means just a couple centuries ago.

Some companies in these fields have just skipped over this wonderful fact, but others are working hard to not only highlight it, but also make it more prevalent.

Tesla Motors, for example, uses solar power from SolarCity installations (Elon Musk is the chairman of both companies) to provide electricity for some of its Superchargers. Ecotricity, a green electricity provided in the UK that owns several wind farms, provides free electric vehicle charging on the highway in the UK.

In a less direct but still important way, Ford has teamed up with SunPowerNissan has teamed up with SunPowerBMW has teamed up with SolarCity, and Honda has teamed up with SolarCity to encourage electric car owners to go solar, and solar panel owners to get an electric car. These are great partnerships. I just think they need more attention. So help spread the word!

Image Credit: BMW

Originally published on Sustainnovate.

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