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Electric Cars on Both Coasts of the US.

Posted on Monday, December 27th, 2010 at 3:07 pm by Solar Energy USA

To the excitement of many people that live in and around Atlanta, their home has become one of the extended test cities for a major car manufactures newest electric vehicles.  While California has always led the way with the adoption and use of new technology, many people were pleasantly surprised when Nissan announced that the launch of their 100% electric car, the Nissan Leaf, would also take place in Georgia.

The two locations have completely different variables for consumers. Both states are in the top ten states to implement solar technology, but that isn’t a requirement for an electric car. However, to completely charge a car that can travel 100 miles, it is stated to need 23 kWh. In Georgia with electricity prices around 11cents per kW, the cost would be $2.53. That means the car would cost 2.5 cents per mile. In California, that cost could range from $3.68 to $10.12 (3.6 to 10.1 cents per mile) depending on how much you pay for electricity under the tier pricing structure that most Californian’s pay. While one location has inexpensive power and the other is a little more costly, the cost of driving an electric car in both locations makes financial sense.

Another consideration is that the cost for electricity will continue to rise.  These increases are due to inflation, the increased cost to mine coal, importing fuel and combating the negative effects of the pollution that it creates. Many owners of electric vehicles have or will consider installing solar panels at their business and home to help create electricity to support their new mode of transportation. Most individuals see this as a onetime cost that will provide for their current and future energy needs.  Fortunately, there are State and Federal Incentives available to help offset the total cost of a solar panel installation.  These same incentives are helping others who currently do not own electric vehicles to make the decision to utilize renewable energy as a source to meet their daily energy needs.

Electric cars hold a great deal of promise as America starts to work itself away from its dependency on foreign oil.  Renewable energy specialists hope that early adopters of the electric car will utilize solar energy to help subsidize power demands for their vehicles. Fortunately, it is currently estimated that the grid is more than capable to support evening charging demands for more than 70% of all commuter vehicles if they were to convert to electric vehicles.