While it’s not exactly a buy one, get one free offer, Ford’s partnering with SunPower to make home rooftop solar panels available to recharge 2012 Ford Focus Electric models may be the right deal for some families.
That is, as long as the all-electric version of the redesigned 2012 Focus is part of the family vehicle buying equation, and the house isn’t shrouded by trees or in an area of perpetual gloomy skies.
Here are the broad strokes of the Ford/SunPower partnership, dubbed “Drive Green for Life.” No, it isn’t free, but it is special pricing of less than $10,000 on a SunPower 2.5-kilowatt rooftop solar panel system. The base price is after federal tax credits, but may be offset by any additional state and local rebates or other incentives that may be available. Families can even finance the solar system through SunPower.
Ford says the system will produce an estimated 3,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to accommodate a Ford Focus Electric customer who travels 1,000 miles each month. The automaker says the solar power system will also be compatible with the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle it will roll out in 2012.
What if your home isn’t conducive to solar panels, or you’re not interested in shelling out in the area of $10,000 for a system – but still want to buy a 2012 Ford Focus Electric?
Not to worry. The automaker is quick to remind would-be Focus Electric customers that, per their agreement with Best Buy, customers can purchase a 240-volt home charging station from the discount electronics store to take care of their electric vehicle charging requirements.
As our sister publication, GreenCarReports points out, producing your own electricity may make the cost advantages of an electric car more apparent. Dare we say more appealing?
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