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Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by scaesare, Jun 2, 2014.
I wonder what their generation vs. usage is:
Let's be generous and call those 250 Watt panels; there are 60 of them, so that is 15 kW DC. If you put that into the model at PVWatts Calculator for Hamburg Germany as the location, then you get an annual output of a little more than 12,000 kWh/yr. At 333 Wh per Rated Mile, that is an annual output of about 36,000 Rated Miles per year or at 150 Rated Miles per Supercharger Visit, that is worth about 240 Supercharger Visits per year.
In Colorado, the annual production would be better. The same size array in Denver would produce about 22,000 kWh/yr, about 67,000 Rated Miles per year, and about 450 Supercharges per year. That is still only about 1.25 Supercharges per day.
It takes a lot of panels and area to support the energy use of a Supercharger!
An Austin company has something similar:
EV charging station | Sun Energy | Solarwing Energizing Parking
Or Germany is in fact Warren, Michigan GM Tech Center
Kind of funny they are all American cars...
I noticed the same thing.
There is a British Vauxhall version of the Volt (Ampera as I recall) sold in Europe, but it has a different grille.
Probably not too many Tahoe SUVs and extended cab GMCs in Europe.
I was thinking that was wayyy too many American cars for Germany..
Of course, in Boulder the annual production would be only + or - 6,700 Rated Miles--up to the point that our nortorious winds ripped that array right off it's base...
This solution is said to be on the market by a Scottsdale-based solar company owned by a Tesla Roadster owner. No . . . you can't drive with the solar array open!
What the?!? I'd love to see it closed...can't imagine what it's like to drive with a large center post.
It looks like something from the movie Men in Black when open.
Aren't there less expensive sun shades on the market?
It's almost like you can't believe everything you read on the internet!
I doubt that's in Germany. EVs are a rarity here and have barely seen any work related or that were not owned by a utility company. And as others suggested, the car mix doesn't look very German either.