The opportunity to power a car with sunshine just got a little brighter — and cheaper. This week, the solar installer SunPower, the auto manufacturer Ford, and the environmental group Sierra Club where I work announced a new partnership to make it more appealing for consumers to literally go solar.
The way it works is that you go to your local Ford dealership and check out the plug-in hybrids C-Max Energi and Fusion as well as the full battery electric Focus. These are great plug-in cars to consider (and the Focus just got a big price cut). If you do purchase or lease a Ford EV, your dealer will ask if you are interested in saving energy costs and slashing carbon emissions by using a solar system to charge your vehicle and your home. If you are interested, then you contact SunPower to sign up for a free solar evaluation. If you then purchase or lease a solar system, you’ll get a $750 rebate (check in the mail), the Sierra Club will get a $500 donation from SunPower, and the Ford salesperson will get a $250 Visa giftcard.