We’ve now been home for two weeks, and things are starting to settle back to normal (not that we are very normal to begin with). Deb has been gliding around town in The Sun Catcher, with nearly 200 more miles added to its total. We haven’t purchased a Level 2 charger (240 volt) yet, but will do so within the next couple of weeks. The 120 volt charger is more than adequate to charge overnight (usually, only a couple of hours with our current 10 to 15 miles per day average).
Here’s some information related to the Ford Focus performance:
The 1650 miles for our trip required 370kWh (kiloWatt-hour) of energy. This is 4.4 miles per kWh, which is better than my estimated 3 to 4kWh, and almost all of this has been during hot weather with the air conditioner operating.
The cost for 370kWh is $46 based on our solar generated electricity costing 12.5 cents per kWh. The average car in the US achieves 30 mpg, and would have used 55 gallons of gasoline at a cost of $165 to $220 assuming $3 to $4 per gallon gasoline.
The $46 spent for solar generated electricity is a cost that went to jobs for the labor to build the solar panels and associated components, and the local labor required to install the panels (see our website: BuildEquinox.com, and read about the cost and energy production of solar energy in our publications).
Of the $165 to $220 spent that would have been spent on gasoline, more than 60% of the cost went overseas, enriching a number of people who don’t like us very much.
Our current oil consumption of 20 million barrels per day is equal to a cost of $2 billion per day, with $1.2 billion leaving the US every day. Annually, the money leaving our shores is nearly $450 billion. As one thinks of deficits and trying to get our house back in order, it doesn’t take a lot of math to find that the premium we pay initially for electric vehicles is being spent on jobs with the additional dual benefit of keeping more of our money in the US and keeping it from reaching hands that would use it to hurt us.
As soon as you are able, join the EV revolution and renew our independence and freedom!