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WattPeople App Makes EVs Cleaner While Saving You A Bundle

This past week, EarthTechling attended the 2012 SXSW Eco Conference in Austin, Texas. Many clean tech companies were on hand to demo their products or discuss their strategies for spurring renewable energy development. WattPeople, a venture of THE FUNK HAUS, was on hand to introduce new interactive web application that helps people assess the wisdom of bundling a solar power system and an electric vehicle (EV) together.

Although EVs produce far less tailpipe emissions than a combustion engine car, critics have long pointed out that it’s misleading to call them “green”. EVs need electricity, lots of it, to charge their batteries, and in most countries, that electricity still comes from decidedly un-green sources: coal, gas, and nuclear. In order to really claim zero emissions, EVs have to take their power from renewable sources. The WattPeople app aims to help people discover the surprising affordability of using solar power to charge their electric vehicle.


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