Ford offers Rooftop solar system on Focus Electric

Ford offers Rooftop solar system on Focus Electric

Ford has recently informed that a rooftop solar system will be provided to the Focus Electric buyers, thus managing to considerably reduce their charging costs. In order to achieve this objective, Ford has joined forces with SunPower as part of the "Drive Green for Life" program. The 2.5 kW rooftop solar system integrates SunPower E18 Series solar panels that produce an average of 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
Using a smaller roof area, the solar panels prove to be highly efficient as they offer 50 percent more electricity as compared to conventional panels, being designed to cater to the needs of a customer who drives about 1,000 miles each month. Mike Tinskey, Ford director of Global Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, stated that, through that program, Focus Electric owners could reduce their total cost of ownership by generating enough energy from their high efficiency SunPower rooftop solar system to offset the electricity required to charge the vehicle at night. He added that it was an eco-friendly solution that perfectly complemented their plug-in products as well as other green initiatives. The price of the system is of $10,000, but the company announced that it could bring the price lower after federal tax credits. The system is also compatible with the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, which is planned to hit the market in 2012.
Tom Werner, SunPower president and CEO also stated that SunPower's innovative partnership with Ford was a win-win for customers, providing a comprehensive sustainability program.


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