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Ex-W.Va. muscle car owner goes electric – MariettaTimes.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Ohio, Community Information – The Marietta Times

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mike Beahm used to have muscle cars parked in his driveway.

Now, he has an electric car tethered to a charging station that’s partially powered by solar panels.

It’s a drastic change from the days when Beahm owned a 1967 Pontiac GTO or a 2003 Corvette, which he traded in two years ago for a 2012 Chevy Volt.

“I remember the car dealer looked at me and said, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?'” Beahm says. “I guess I’ve had a change of heart or a realization that I can’t be selfish with our resources just to have fun.”

That change of heart has led Beahm to install 12 solar panels in the backyard of his Locust Street home in the Southeast Hills area of Huntington. He purchased and installed the first two panels seven years ago, becoming American Electric Power’s third residential customer in West Virginia to fuse solar power with its electrical grid. He added 10 additional panels last year and wants to install more in the near future.

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