SunPower and Ford Team Up
In August, SunPower announced it would collaborate on retail sales with Ford Motors. When Ford’s first electric vehicle (EV), the Focus EV, launches in spring 2012, new drivers will be able to get a discounted rate on a 2.5-kilowatt (kW) SunPower rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system. The system, which will go for about $10,000 after incentives, is sized to match the electricity demand of a Focus EV that’s driven 1,000 miles per month.
Although details are not yet available, Ford has indicated that customers will be able to finance their new Focus EV, charging station and SunPower system collectively at the dealership. The deal will be available in 19 markets initially, including San Francisco, new York, Seattle, Boston, Denver and Austin, Texas.
The SunPower-Ford partnership, dubbed the Drive Green for Life program, is one indication there is overlapping consumer interest in residential PV and fuel-efficient vehicles. In September, PV-EV synergy took another step forward with a partnership between Mitsubishi and SolarCity. The pilot program will take place in new zealand, and will offer drivers of Mitsubishi’s new i-MiEV the opportunity to add a 1.5-kW SolarCity PV system with monitoring for under $10,000.