Refueling Your Electric Car

The great thing about electric cars is that they only require eight hours to recharge, and you can recharge them overnight using your solar photo-voltaic panels.

Depending on how much sunshine you receive at night, you could potentially drive as far as 40 miles the next day before having to recharge again.

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18 Responses to Refueling Your Electric Car

  1. miked1947 says:


  2. Marian says:

    Yeah electric cars with a 40 mile range are a joke.

    Even in Auckand, NZ I ‘d be stranded on the motorway before I got home from work with a vehicle with a 40 mile range. I’d probably have to abandon the vehicle on the side of the motorway and walk the last few miles back home. 🙂

  3. Eric Barnes says:

    Or you could get a horse.

  4. Joe Walsh says:

    Hmmm… its interesting to note that not a lot of locals get much sunlight at night … just saying.

  5. David says:

    You could get 40 niles if you had half an acre of panels

  6. I still see a market for Hollywood types who want to display moral virtue and who can afford a BMW in the 3rd garage when they need to travel a serious distance somewhere.

  7. Rob Ryan says:

    The only 40 mile range EV with any significant sales of which I’m aware is the Chevy Volt. Of course, you can drive that to Las Vegas from Los Angeles just like any other car. The Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Honda Fit EV, etc. achieve, basically twice that at 80 miles or so. The Tesla S gets well over five times that.

    The Fit, Leaf, etc. typically get a full charge from a 240 volt system in four hours. If someone is really off-grid, they’d charge batteries in the daytime and charge the vehicle from the battery at night. For a typical residential PV system, the grid is the battery and the homeowner sells electricity to the utility at the retail rate when excess is generated during the day and charges from the grid at night.

    Certainly, at this time EVs don’t fit everyone’s needs but they do fit many people’s needs.

    But you knew all that and just wanted to throw up specious argument.

    • Richard T. Fowler says:

      “The Nissan Leaf, [etc.] achieve [. . .] 80 miles or so.”

      Hey Rob, honestly, isn’t that like stating that a wind turbine “generates” “approximately” the amount of power that is listed on its nameplate?


      • Chewage says:

        As long as you don’t turn your radio on or use air conditioning or heat:)
        The average American drives less than 29 miles a day. With an average range of 73 miles, the Nissan LEAF® takes you 2½ times that distance on a single charge. [*]

  8. Rob Ryan says:


    I couldn’t say. No one I’ve ever read or spoken with has said anything so silly. On the other hand, Leaf owners with whom I’ve spoken to get anywhere from 60 to 90 miles depending on a wide variety of factors (how often are they willing to charge above 80% and drive below 20% for extended range at the expense of reduced battery life, driving habits, location, etc.).

    As I said, EVs aren’t suitable for everyone yet, but Steve’s screed was just fact-free hyperbole.

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