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To add to their appeal, electric cars need to do things conventional cars can’t. Features not possible with petro-fueled cars will help sell the petro-free cars. The more cars sold the more likely new electric models will be introduced, and, in the spirit of competition, prices will drop. Hopefully.

Being oil free is a major feature, of course. That’s obvious. Zero tailpipe emissions is another. Here’s another important one: Electric cars, when parked, can be really powerful stationary energy storage devices. Think off-grid power for your home.

Electric cars collect electricity from the grid for their own consumption. And it’s possible that some of that grid power might be from renewables, which would make them really clean. They also can also store electricity from a grid-tied home solar or small wind system. Aside from using electricity from the vehicle’s battery pack to drive around town, it’s also technically possible to channel that power pack into the house when wanted or needed. The cars can give back that power at any time, including in emergencies when the grid goes down, or even at the homeowner’s discretion. The electric vehicle could allow people to almost disconnect from the grid. (A grid connection, or another energy storage device would be needed for the home when the electric car is out and about.)

Battery electric drive gives people the opportunity to use home-brewed energy for transportation as well as store this energy for domestic use. Fortunately, the stars are becoming aligned for solar energy, in particular, to meet up with electric cars.

Home photovoltaic solar systems are becoming very appealing cost wise, especially for do-it-yourselfers; those who are willing to do the grunt and somewhat technical labor of installing their own system. Somehow, I’m just guessing that die hard do-it-yourselfers are often the same crowd that want to generate their own home power and would be happy to see their car powered by it as well.



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