Ford and SunPower Corp. are partnering to offer Focus Electric customers a rooftop solar system that will generate enough renewable energy during the day to offset the electricity used to charge the vehicle at night.
The 2.5 kilowatt rooftop solar system comprises SunPower E18 Series solar panels that produce an average of 3,000 kWh of electricity annually. These high-efficiency solar panels generate approximately 50% more electricity than conventional panels and utilize a smaller footprint on the roof. The system was sized to accommodate a customer who drives about 1,000 miles per month.
The complete SunPower solar system is offered at a base price of less than $10,000, after federal tax credits. Local and state rebates, along with other incentives, may drive the system cost down even more, depending on a customer’s location. Included in the purchase is a residential monitoring system, which includes the ability to track the performance of their solar system on the web or through an iPhone application. Affordable financing options for the solar system are available through SunPower. This price point does not include local sales tax.
Interested Focus Electric customers will be contacted by a participating SunPower dealer who will visit their home to begin the installation process.
Ford is also introducing the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in 2012.
In January, Ford announced an agreement with consumer electronics leader Best Buy to offer a 240-volt home charging station for the Focus Electric and future electric vehicle owners.