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11Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gas For Solar Power

Advocates say driving for free makes expensive initinal investment worthwhile

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.

33Bosch turns off light on money-losing solar power unit

Major automotive supplier Bosch is stepping out of the solar power business after having lost 2.4 billion euros (nearly $3.1 billion US) since starting up its solar energy subsidiary in 2008.

AddRenault installs massive photovoltaic panels, enough to offset 1,500 gas cars

Now if only Renault could get all 15,000 of those people to buy those electric vehicles.

AddCadillac ELR caught testing in production form

After announcing its intent to go forward with a production version of the fetching Converj concept more than a year ago, all has been pretty quiet on the Cadillac ELR front – until now. We burn for this kind of drama.

49Cadillac ELR caught testing in production form

After announcing its intent to go forward with a production version of the fetching Converj concept more than a year ago, all has been pretty quiet on the Cadillac ELR front – until now. We burn for this kind of drama.

AddGeorge Shultz is an electric-car-driving, solar-panel-rockin' Reagan Republican

In the hyperbolic political atmosphere of America today, left-leaning liberals are seen as tofu-eating, Toyota Prius-driving communists, while right-leaning conservatives are depicted as gun-toting, pickup-driving patriots. Thankfully, the real world is a lot more diverse than those caricatures.

AddEco Marine Power says solar panel sails will make waves in the future

The invisible winds have long enabled ships to cross vast seas, but it just can't match fuel for speed and power when you're trying to move tons of freight from continent to continent. Now, Eco Marine Power says it's time to turn back the clock. Well, sort of.

AddRenault launches automotive industry's "biggest solar energy project"

In cooperation with Gestamp Solar, Renault is launching what it hails as the automotive industry's "biggest solar energy project." By installing solar roof panels at six of its French plants, Renault hopes to harness the power of the sun to cut its CO2 emissions by 30,000 tons a year. Renault says that the solar panels - eventually covering an area that's equivalent to 63 football fields - boast a total power output of 60 megawatts (the approximate annual consumption of a town with a population

AddFord, DTE build massive solar array at Michigan Assembly Plant

Ford's retooled Michigan Assembly Plant in the city of Wayne is now home to one of the largest solar arrays in all of Michigan. Detroit Edison, Xtreme Power and the state have teamed up with Ford to install a 500-kilowatt solar array along with a 750-kilowatt battery system with 2 megawatt-hours of energy – enough to power 100 average homes in Michigan for a year. The solar setup powers production of the Focus and Focus Electric and sends excess energy back to the grid.

AddStudy: Costs of solar power systems dropped in 2010

Researchers at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory concluded a study on the costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the U.S. and discovered that the average installed price for PV systems dropped dramatically in 2010.

AddFisker Karma solar roof production to begin courtesy of Quantum

Production of the Fisker Karma's solar roof, made by Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc along with Asola of Germany, is due to begin in early 2011. This solar roof will set the record for "largest continuous and most highly curved solar roof in a passenger car application." Additionally, the solar roof of the Karma one-ups that of the Toyota Prius by not only allowing the solar panels to cool down the interior, but also to lightly charge the battery for an estimated 4-5 miles of ad

AddSolar Roadways idea wins Ecomagination Challenge

If Solar Roadways sounds familiar to you, it could be because we reported last year about its prototype funding from the Department of Transportation. Now, to add to the previous $100,000 from the DOT, the startup has won the GE Ecomagination Challenge, along with the $50,000 prize. The Ecomagination Challenge is voted on by the community at their website and received 74,000 votes.

AddFord installing 500 kW solar array at Focus assembly plant

When Ford's re-tooled Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne starts building the Focus Electric next year, a chunk of the electrical energy used in the plant will be provided by one of the largest solar arrays in Michigan. Detroit Edison, Xtreme Power and the state of Michigan are partnering with Ford to install a 500-kilowatt solar array along with a 750-kilowatt battery system with 2 megawatt-hours of capacity. The solar power system will be used to power production of the Focus and Focus Electric a

AddSolar panels wrapped round the moon could power the world, EVs and all

What if you took the solar panel idea and applied it on a scale of epic proportions? Just imagine wrapping the entire 6,800-mile circumference of the moon with solar panels to harness the sun's power and then beamed all that collected energy back to Earth via microwave or laser technology to power the world. Sounds far-fetched, doesn't it? Sure, but the Shimizu Corporation, a Japanese construction firm, still hopes to one day make this dreamy idea a reality.

AddCalculating how many solar panels are needed for your new electric car

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AddA bit of extra solar energy on the solstice

Most everyone in the plug-in vehicle movement knows about Paul and Zan Scott. Leaders of Plug In America, they have been tireless advocates for electric drive vehicles (especially for pairing them with solar panels) for years. But yesterday they shared a bit about why they work so tirelessly to push for EVs.

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