Ford Focus owners are able to drive green using sunpower

Chevy is not the only car company offering up energy solutions for their plug-in electric vehicles . 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.

Now, Ford has struck a deal with Sunpower, a subsidiary of Total (a French company). If you own a Ford Focus, for $10,000 they will put 2.5 kW of solar panels on your roof, including the monitoring system . The theory is that during the day the solar panels offset the energy it would take to power your car at night. Check with your state to see if they give additional credit’s.

The 2.5 kilowatt rooftop solar system is comprised of the SunPower® E18 Series solar panels that produce an average of 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. These high-efficiency solar panels generate approximately 50 percent 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.

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The complete SunPower solar system is offered at a base price of less than $10,000*, after federal tax credit’s. Local and state rebates, along with other incentives, may drive the system cost down even more, depending on a customers 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. SunPower leads the industry with more than 400 dealers in the U.S., and can support the initial Focus Electric roll out in all 19 markets.

Sunpower’s PR person, Helen Kendrick, says this gives Sunpower “the opportunity to enter into a new market and provide the electric vehicle market with power to drive green for life”. Ford did not buy part of Total, they have struck a great deal for the end consumer. $10,000 is only calculating the Federl tax. You need to go through your Ford dealer to get the deal, but also consult your city and your state to see if there are other tax credit’s you can get.

In 2012, these models will be joined in North America by the new C-MAX Hybrid, a second next-generation lithium-ion battery hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.

*This offer assumes normal installation conditions, not including modifications to a roof, electrical service panel or excessive wire requirements.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.