Bad Kar, man.
How many decades until the cost of installing solar makes up the difference?I checked out the "$500 Lease" claim for the model S. Reality was $1200 a month minus gas, time to pump gas and a few other numbers they pulled out of their rears. Bummer as I'd be on one so fast it would make your head spin. 200 mile range is 99% of our driving.
Many EV's out there under 40k now (though they are hovering around the 100 mile figure). Since we've been new car shopping Ive seen the EV focus, Fit, Rav 4 and of course the Leaf on the local lots. Charging stations are popping up all over and "there's an app for that." My buddy is really digging their Rav4, though roasting the tires will cost you a hand full of miles. Same as my old muscle cars in that respect. His wife is handling her 65 mile commute without issue and they just got their solar installed. So they are happy as clams. They are saving money now over the same commute with their Highlander hybred and their meter is running backwards during the day.
For their use, 9 year return on solar before they break even. With PG&E raising rates every year to pay for their incompetance and bonuses it could be faster. They went to a tankless water heater with the solar install additionally, since the vast majority of our power expense is keeping water hot 24/7 in this country. Not counting gas savings from their EV (as that would go to offset the additional cost of the EV)How many decades until the cost of installing solar makes up the difference?
Electricity is much cheaper than gas, plus no oil changes, transmission service, etc. With the regenerative braking, your pads will last longer also. So its not just gas savings but maintenance costs as well.As a city/suburban ride they may make sense. What you don't spend on gas you will spend on electricity. Cost to charge vs. miles per charge. That is a more valid metric.